Kristy Kaemmerlen – daughter of former UMBC softball assistant coach Dave Witten – joined the UMBC softball coaching staff as a part-time pitching coach for the Retrievers in September of 2012.
“I have known Kristy since she was 13 years old, attending our clinics at UMBC,” said French. “She is the daughter of former UMBC softball coach Dave Witten, who worked for me for four years and has been around the game since she was eight years old.
“Kristy will be a great addition to our staff as a part-time pitching coach,” French continued. “She has performed as both a player and a coach at Limestone for three years and she also pitched for two years at Lake City Community College in Florida.”
In addition to serving as the pitching coach, Kaemmerlen will also be involved with recruiting, scouting, fundraising and field maintenance.
Kaemmerlen was a two-year member of the Lake City Community College softball program, receiving First Team All-Conference recognition as a pitcher. After graduating with an associate’s degree in elementary education, Kaemmerlen moved on to pitched two seasons at Limestone College, helping the squad to a pair of regular-season conference titles, while earning Second Team All-Peach Belt Conference honors. She currently ranks fifth all-time in career ERA (2.15) with the Saints. Kaemmerlen received her bachelor’s degree from Limestone in social work.
Following her playing days, Kaemmerlen stayed on to serve first as an assistant coach with her alma mater, where her main duties included travel accommodations, recruit correspondence, equipment distribution and student-athlete one-on-one training.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to become the new pitching coach at UMBC,” Kaemmerlen said. “I look forward to working with Coach French, Coach Culotta and the players throughout the upcoming season.”