GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The University of North Dakota softball program has added Shelly Prochaska and Allison Kutz to its coaching staff, head coach Jordan Stevens announced Monday. Both will serve as assistant coaches under Stevens as he begins his first season at the helm of the UND softball program.
- Shelly Prochaska -
Prochaska comes to North Dakota from Boise State, where she spent four seasons as an assistant coach for the Broncos softball program. Within her first two years at Boise State, the Broncos broke the program record for wins each year.
"I am very pleased to be adding someone with the experience and success that Shelly has to our staff," Stevens said. "She will be able to come in and make an immediate impact with our pitchers and catchers and her recruiting efforts will bolster our program. She is a great asset moving forward for everyone in our program and will greatly help us in our pursuit of the Big Sky championship."
Prochaska assisted with pitchers and catchers during her tenure at Boise State. The pitching staff set team records in 2012 for earned run average (3.12), opponent batting average (.250) and fewest walks per seven innings (1.94). The 2011 squad tossed a program-best nine shutouts and its 6.21 strikeouts per seven innings is the best mark in school history.
Before going to Boise State, Prochaska was the interim head coach at Idaho State. She joined ISU as an assistant coach prior to the 2008 season, and was named interim head coach later that year. Prochaska worked primarily with pitchers and catchers for the Bengals, but assisted with scouting, hitting instruction, and game and practice preparation. ISU posted a 34-60 record during Prochaska's tenure, including a 10-24 mark while she was interim head coach. In her first season, the Bengals reached the 20-win plateau for the first time since 1982.
Prochaska worked at Kenyon College (Gambier, Ohio) as an assistant coach in softball and volleyball from 2006 to 2008. She was named interim head volleyball coach at Kenyon in November 2007. Prochaska's softball teams at Kenyon combined for a 32-34 record, including 14-14 in the North Central Athletic Conference.
She began her coaching career as an under-graduate assistant at Oregon State University during the 2004 campaign. Her stint as a coach at OSU came on the heels of one of the most accomplished playing careers in school history. Playing in 261 games and making 255 starts from 2000-03, the majority coming at catcher, Prochaska saw action in more games than any student-athlete to don a Beaver uniform. She left Corvallis, Ore., with her name in the top five in eight different career batting categories, and became the first OSU softball player to record 200 hits, 100 RBI and 100 runs scored in her career. She garnered All-Pac-10 and Easton All-American honors as a senior, and was also named all-region in 2001.
Prochaska earned an invitation to and attended the USA National Team Tryouts in 2003 in Chula Vista, Calif. She continued her playing career as a member of the Portland All-Star Team in 2004. In the summer of 2007 Prochaska joined the New England Riptide of the National Professional Fastpitch Leage.
A native of Aloha, Ore., Prochaska graduated from OSU in 2004 with a degree in health promotion and education.
- Allison Kutz -
Kuts joins UND after spending a year as an assistant coach at Western Oregon, helping the Wolves to their second Great Northwest Athletic Conference title and a 2014 NCAA DII Tournament appearance. Prior to starting her coaching career, Kutz was a four-year letterwinner at Oregon State, where she helped the Beavers to two NCAA DI tournament appearances.
"Allison will bring great energy and passion to her position that will be infectious throughout the program," Stevens said. "Her experience coaching both college and travel, as well as playing at one of the highest levels in the sport, will undoubtedly be a big asset to us. I am very pleased that Allison has decided to continue her career at UND."
Kutz began her coaching career this past season at Western Oregon University. During the 2014 season, the Wolves posted a 34-23 record and captured the GNAC regular-season championship with an 18-6 record. In the GNAC tournament, WOU claimed the title and NCAA Div. II tournament berth, where they defeated Sonoma State (Calif.) in the west regional before bowing out to Cal Baptist.
During her year at Western Oregon, the team broke the program-record for most wins in a single season (34). That was just one of the many records set by that year's WOU team, as the 2014 Wolves also set single-season records in runs scored (318), hits (495), RBI (277), assists (551) and double plays (29).
Before becoming a coach, Kutz was a four-year student-athlete at Oregon State, where she garnered All-Pac-10 Honorable Mentions honors in 2010. She appeared in 209 games, starting 204, for the Beavers; playing the majority of her time behind home plate after spending time at first base during her freshman year. In her four-year career, she registered a total of 1,120 putouts and 116 assists, while only committing 18 errors for a career fielding percentage of .986.
In 555 career at bats, Kutz registered 127 hits for a .229 average, but registered a .368 slugging percentage with 204 total bases. She also scored a total of 58 runs and drove in 79 more.
A native of Mt. Vernon, Wash., Kutz graduated from OSU in 2013 with a degree in Exercise and Sport Science.