MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Former Huntingdon standout and assistant coach Casey Chrietzberg is returning home to lead the Huntingdon softball program.
Huntingdon athletic director Mike Turk made the official announcement of the hiring on Friday.
"We are pleased and excited to welcome Coach Chrietzberg back home to Huntingdon," Turk said. "She was an integral part of our success while she was here as a player and as an assistant coach, and we believe the experience she has gained since she has been away has prepared her to lead our program to new heights."
Chrietzberg returns to Huntingdon after three seasons as an assistant coach at Emory University.
"Coach Chrietzberg is one of our own, and we're thrilled to have her back," said Huntingdon President J. Cameron West. "I know she will coach with the same philosophy that drove her success as a player: discipline, hard work, and focus."
Chrietzberg, a 2008 Huntingdon graduate, said she is looking forward to returning to where she spent two seasons as a player and four seasons as an assistant coach.
"I am very excited to have the opportunity to come home to Huntingdon," Chrietzberg said. "I've always had peace in my heart there and I feel like I have a good perspective of Huntingdon. I've been there as a student-athlete, as an assistant coach, and now as a head coach. I want to thank President West and Coach Turk for thinking enough of me to give me this opportunity."
During her three seasons at Emory, the Eagles compiled a 119-26 record, reached the Super Regionals all three seasons, and advanced to the NCAA Division III National Tournament this past season.
Emory was 46-8 in 2016, setting a program record for wins in a season and advancing to the NCAA Division III National Tournament for the first time since 2007.
"I was able to work with and learn from a really great head coach (Penny Siqueiros) at Emory," Chrietzberg said. "It's a program that is known on the national level and it was a great experience and a lot of fun to compete in the national tournament this season. It was a great opportunity for me to coach at that level and see what it takes."
Before Emory, Chrietzberg was an assistant for the Hawks from 2010 to 2013. During those four seasons, she helped Huntingdon compile an overall record of 101-64 and a 50-10 record in the Great South Athletic Conference. The Hawks reached the NCAA Division III Regional for the first time in 2012.
In her final three seasons, Huntingdon won one GSAC tournament title and finished as the GSAC tournament runner-up twice. As Huntingdon's pitching coach, Chrietzberg helped the Hawks produce the GSAC Pitcher of the Year in each of those three seasons.
As a player, Chrietzberg was an All-Conference and Academic All-Conference selection. She started in 74 games during the 2007 and 2008 seasons. She ended her two-year career with a .321 batting average, seven home runs, 43 RBIs and 38 runs.
Prior to Huntingdon, Chrietzberg played for Bevill State Community College in Alabama. A Wetumpka native, she played high school softball at Edgewood Academy and was part of two Alabama Independent School Association state championship teams.