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Hupke Named Next Softball Coach at BVU

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

STORM LAKE -- Buena Vista University Director of Athletics Jan Travis has announced that Heather (White) Hupke has been named the next head softball coach at BVU. Hupke will succeed current head coach Marge Willadsen who earlier this school year announced she will retire at the conclusion of the 2008 season.

"I am very pleased that Heather has accepted our offer to return to BVU

and be our next head softball coach," Travis stated. "With the

high-caliber background she holds, both as a player and as a coach, and

the passion she has for the game, I believe she is a great fit for this

position and to help carry on the tradition of BVU softball."

Hupke, who has been the head softball coach at Briar Cliff University

for the past nine seasons, led the Chargers to a runner-up finish in the

Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) in 2004 - its first year in the

league. She also guided the team to four straight sectional and

regional titles from 1999-2003, while being named the Sectional Coach of

the Year in 2001.

"We are proud to welcome home one of the most highly-decorated

student-athletes in Buena Vista history," said BVU President Fred Moore.

"Coach Hupke has tremendous passion for her alma mater and we look

forward to bright days for BVU softball under her leadership."

Hupke, a four-time All-American at BVU, made a name for herself as a

star pitcher from 1992-95. In 1992, her first collegiate season, Hupke

finished the year with the nation's lowest earned run average (0.47), as

she helped lead the team to an NCAA runner-up finish. She compiled a

12-2 overall record that season en route to a career record of 72-20.

The rest of her career was much of the same as she became a four-time

all-conference and all-region performer and was named the Iowa

Conference MVP after posting a conference-record 14 wins during her

senior campaign. She helped lead the Beavers to three Iowa Conference

Championships (1992, 1994, and 1995), as well as another top-five

national finish (fifth-place) in 1994. In the fall of 2005, Hupke was

inducted into the Buena Vista Athletic Hall of Fame.

"I'm very excited about returning to BVU," Hupke said. "My four years

here as a player were some of the best years of my life. Now as a

coach, I still look to give the university that same passion I carried

with me then."

To this day, the three-time Buena Vista MVP holds the program's career

marks in wins (72), appearances (97), complete games (79), shutouts

(30), innings pitched (602.1), and strikeouts (525). Her name is also

found atop the BVU single-season list for wins (24; 1995), appearances

(35; 1995), complete games (29; 1995), shutouts (11; 1993), and innings

pitched (217; 1995).

"I am very proud and excited that BVU has chosen Heather Hupke,"

Willadsen said. "She was one of the hardest working and most determined

players that I ever coached. With her leadership, knowledge of the

game, and integrity, I feel confident that BVU softball is in 'good

hands.' She will be an excellent role model for the future

student-athletes that choose to attend Buena Vista University. I am

proud to have been her coach."

Prior to arriving at Briar Cliff, Hupke was a graduate assistant at

South Dakota State University from September of 1996 - May of 1998

when she graduated with a master's degree in HPER. In addition, she also served as an assistant coach at Galva-HolsteinHigh School in 1996 and at Cherokee Washington High School in 1998.

Hupke and her husband, Dewey, a Cherokee Washington alum,have two children - Mackenzie and Korver.

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