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WKU Softball head coach Amy Tudor announced the promotion of Kayla Bixel from the Hilltoppers’ Director of Operations into an assistant coach for the program in August of 2016. Bixel joined the Hilltopper family prior to the 2015-16 campaign.

Bixel, a native of Bremen, Indiana, implemented the WKU Softball Pinch Hitter’s Club in her first year on The Hill. The club is a donor program for fans to support the WKU Softball team and receive benefits in return. Additionally, Bixel oversaw the Hilltoppers’ efforts in the classroom where the team combined for a spring GPA of 3.52, assisted with recruit visits and also held in-game and office responsibilities.

In 2010, Bixel earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from IPFW and went on to teach for five years in the East Allen Country School District in New Haven, Indiana. In addition to teaching, Bixel worked to receive a Master’s degree in education from Ball State University. An assistant girls’ basketball coach at Leo High School for six seasons, Bixel is now working towards her Master’s degree in intercollegiate athletic administration from WKU and is on pace to complete the program in the spring of 2017.

A versatile athlete, Bixel was a three-sport competitor at the Bremen High School, earning 10 varsity letters across volleyball, basketball and softball. Bixel went on to play collegiate softball at Grace College following high school.