COLUMBUS, Ohio – Anna Kirk, a 2017 graduate of Ohio State and infielder for the Buckeyes, has been hired as a volunteer assistant coach for the upcoming 2018 season, head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly announced Monday.
“I have known since the day I recruited Anna that she wanted to get into coaching,” said Kovach Schoenly. “She is hungry to take this next step and I am glad to extend this opportunity to someone who I believe has a very bright future.”
Kirk was a four-year starter for the Buckeyes, primarily at third base. She compiled a career fielding percentage of .950, 133 hits and 89 RBI in 209 games. During her senior campaign, Kirk tallied 28 hits, 24 RBI and 42 runs scored. The 2017 Big Ten All-Defensive Team member also had a .959 fielding percentage at third with 51 putouts and 111 assists.
“Being a part of a college coaching staff has always been a dream of mine,” Kirk said. “I’ve known for a long time that I wanted to give back to players and somehow make them better than I was. The coaching staff here at Ohio State has so much faith in me as a new coach to bring me on after just graduating. I am excited to see all the work behind the scenes that has to happen for the players to be able to play the game that they love.”
Kirk helped lead the Scarlet & Gray to a 35-18 mark in 2017, the most wins in a season in seven years. The Buckeyes also made trips to the NCAA Tournament twice during her time on the team (2016, 2017).
“I am very excited for Anna to join our program,” said junior catcher Emily Clark. “Having just finished her career, she knows our culture and can bring her passion, ideas and enthusiasm back to the program.”
“Anna brings so much knowledge about the game,” junior shortstop Lilli Piper said. “Just recently being part of the team, she understands the grind. I think it helps tremendously that she was a former teammate. She got to know our game as a player with us instead of just watching. She has coached a couple of us before and we know how much she has taught us. I couldn’t ask for a better person to bring on staff. I think she will offer the returners and especially the freshmen a lot about the game.”