Former Maverick Kelsey Rummel returning as McCutcheon Softball Coach

Former Maverick Kelsey Rummel returning as McCutcheon Softball Coach


Former Maverick Kelsey Rummel returning as McCutcheon Softball Coach


Kelsey Rummel felt a sense of community from the instant she was introduced to the McCutcheon softball program.

Later, as a three-year starter, she said the Mavericks taught her about winning.

The 24-year-old now endeavors to continue that legacy. McCutcheon chose Rummel to succeed her coach, Jim Bates, as the next Mavericks softball coach, pending approval of the Tippecanoe School Corp. Board of School Trustees later this month.

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“I’m privileged to come into this program after the founder of the program,” Rummel said. “He built this up to be something fantastic over his entire time at McCutcheon. There’s a lot I can bring to the program when it comes to energy and a new passion for the game.”

Bates won 578 games in 29 seasons, but his contract was not renewed after a 9-20 season. Senior shortstop Kerstyn Lowery and junior catcher/third baseman Isabella Kokocinski — both Journal & Courier Big School All-Area selections — are among those expected to return for the Mavericks.

Rummel helped McCutcheon reach the Class 4A state finals in 2007, then shared Team MVP honors with Tori Collins the following year when the Mavericks won the program’s first state championship.

McCutcheon athletic director Ryan Walden expects Rummel, who is finishing her master’s degree, to coach with the same tenacity she displayed as a player.

“She was a tough-nosed McCutcheon player,” Walden said. “She was kind of like the Pete Rose of McCutcheon softball. She was a hard-working young lady — always a head-first slide type of person.”

Rummel said she was “discovered” by the University of Indianapolis in the state championship game. She played four seasons for the Greyhounds, and along the way was named National Fastpitch Coaches Association second team All-American, Daktronics honorable mention All-American, first team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference, NFCA first team All-Midwest Region and Academic All-GLVC.

She also spent one season as a graduate assistant with Indianapolis. Walden said Rummel’s collegiate experience helped prepare her for this assignment.

“I know it’s going to be a little more of a challenging road,” Rummel said of being a young, first-time coach. “I have nothing but a positive outlook on that. I’ve had great mentors in the past four or five years of my life. Being at UIndy was a fantastic learning environment for me. I learned so much I’ll always remember.”

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