PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – First-year Brown head softball coach Katie Flynn has rounded out the Bears' coaching staff with the addition of Kyllie Magill, who comes to Brown after a standout career at UMASS.
"Kyllie is a steal for this program," said Flynn. "She brings outstanding credentials as a player, a competitive spirit and enthusiasm for the game. Her knowledge base and willingness to jump right in and lead is impressive for a young coach. She has a broad-based background as an infielder, catcher and as a lefty hitter and slapper, which will add another dimension to our coaching staff. I am pleased to welcome her to College Hill."
A four-year starting second baseman for the UMASS Minutewoman, Magill helped lead her team to three Atlantic 10 Conference Championships, three NCAA tournament berths and one NCAA Regional Championship game. During her time in Amherst under Hall of Fame coach Elaine Sortino, the team was ranked as high as 14th in the Division I national polls. Magill, the 2012 team captain, also experienced considerable individual success, earning a plethora of accolades over the course of her career. She was a three-time selection to the A-10 All-Conference second team and a two-time A-10 All-Championship team member. Additionally, she was named to the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll on three different occasions and earned A-10 All-Academic team honors for three of her four seasons on the softball diamond.
In addition to her playing experience, Magill has built an impressive coaching resume. She served as a student assistant coach for the Amherst College softball team during the spring of 2012, focusing specifically on hitting and slapping mechanics. She has also worked with several youth softball organizations, working with Planet Fastpitch, Inc., the RI Thunder 18 and under Gold team and the Elaine Sortino Softball School.
Magill, a Pawtucket, Rhode Island native, graduated from the UMASS School of Public Health and Health Sciences in May of 2012 with a BS in Kinesiology. She was named to the Dean's List for seven of her eight semesters as a student-athlete and was a 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year candidate. Magill was also a two-year member and vice-president of the Chi Alpha Sigma National Collegiate Athletic Honor Society.
The Brown softball team will open its 2013 season on March 1 against Nebraska-Omaha at the three-day Colorado State Tournament.