Four-year Retriever standout Kali Shirk moves into the dugout as an undergraduate assistant coach in 2009.
Shirk was a two-time team co-captain and team MVP who capped her brilliant career with a 2008 America East All-Conference First Team nod after hitting .296 with five home runs, 30 runs scored and 21 steals. A career .310 hitter, she is one of just seven Retrievers ever to collect 200 hits (213) and one of just 11 to play in at least 200 games. In addition, she ranks second all-time in UMBC history with 92 career stolen bases and third with 151 runs scored.
A versatile defender, Shirk could play anywhere on the field, but spent most of her time in center field or behind the plate. As the Retrievers’ top catcher last season, she threw out a league-best 20 would-be base stealers.
Shirk also earned All-Conference Second-Team and All-Rookie Team honors as a freshman in 2005, and she was recognized on the America East All-Academic Team in each of her last three seasons.
“Kali is a role model student-athlete and a great leader,” French said. “Nobody plays the game harder than she does, and we’re thrilled to have her on board.”