Softball names Seidel assistant coach

Emily Seidel is the assistant softball coach at Hamilton College.
Emily Seidel is the assistant softball coach at Hamilton College.

Emily Seidel, previously an assistant coach at Los Angeles Mission College, has been named the assistant softball coach at Hamilton College.

Seidel worked primarily with the pitchers and helped the Eagles finish third in the Western State Conference in 2018. Two pitchers were all-conference selections and two players, including a pitcher, transferred to four-year programs after the season.

"I am extremely excited to be part of the Hamilton community," Seidel said. "When I visited during the interview process I could tell it's a special place, and the athletic department does everything it can to better the experience of its student-athletes, which is what sets this school apart."

Seidel began her coaching career in the summer of 2015 at Burbank High School in California. She directed the pitching staff and contributed to defensive and offensive instruction as well as team strength and conditioning. Burbank finished in fourth place twice in the Pacific League and made a playoff appearance with Seidel as an assistant. Eight of her former players are currently playing in college and three more are committed to play after graduation.

Seidel started her collegiate playing career at the University of Nevada where she started at third base and boasted the Western Athletic Conference's longest hit streak in 2012 at seven games. She transferred to Mt. San Antonio College in 2013 and led the team to the first undefeated South Coast Conference regular season in conference history and a trip to the super-regionals in the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA). She pitched a perfect game and was named the conference and CCCAA pitcher of the year, and a National Fastpitch Coaches Association first team all-American. She went on to play third base and pitch at Division I Abilene Christian University for two years, and was a two-time member of the Southland Conference all-academic team.

Seidel was born and raised in Burbank, California, and played four years of varsity softball at Village Christian High School in Sun Valley. She has a bachelor's degree from Abilene Christian and is pursuing her master's degree from Fresno Pacific University.