Le Mars native named MIAC softball coach of the year
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Le Mars native Kayla Hatting has been named the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Softball Coach of the Year for the 2021 season.
Hatting, the coach of St. Olaf College, was selected as the MIAC Coach of the Year by her peers for the first time in her career.
After leading St. Olaf to its first-ever appearance in the regional championship series and its first MIAC regular-season title in 25 seasons, Hatting became the fourth MIAC Coach of the Year in program history, joining Lori Littleton Cooling (1995, 1996) and Ruthie Neuger (2010) in receiving the honor. St. Olaf’s 20-2 record in conference play on its way to its first regular-season championship since 1996 was the best mark in program history.
St. Olaf advanced to the regional final for the first time in program history before falling to St. Thomas in Waverly, Iowa. The Oles finished the 2021 season with a 26-8 record.
The team also had five All-MIAC selections and seven all-conference/honorable mention honorees, both the highest totals in program history for St. Olaf.
Hatting was an all-around athlete in high school at Gehlen Catholic where she played in four sports before graduating in 2009. She later served as an assistant softball coach for the Lady Jays from 2011-14.
This was her fifth season as head coach at St. Olaf. She has posted a winning record in each of her seasons with the Oles. Prior to coming to St. Olaf, Hatting spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at NCAA Division II Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.