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Kaitlyn Cooper Selected as Head Coach of F&M Softball

Kaitlyn Cooper Selected as Head Coach of F&M Softball

Release courtesy of Franklin & Marshall College Athletic Communications

LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall Director of Athletics & Recreation Lauren Packer Webster announced that Kaitlyn Cooper has been named the head coach of the Franklin & Marshall softball program. Cooper brings a strong background to the position as a previous head coach at Delaware Valley, along with her established professional career in the field of Exercise Physiology.

"We are very excited to welcome Kaitlyn Cooper to Franklin & Marshall family," said Packer Webster. "Kaitlyn has a deep understanding and appreciation of the Division III philosophy during her time as a two-sport athlete and head coach. Her experience and background as an Exercise Physiologist will be another tremendous benefit to our student-athletes as they strive to maximize their undergraduate experience."

Cooper made the quick ascension to the head coaching ranks after joining the staff at Delaware Valley prior to the 2018 season. She was tabbed as the team's interim head coach in the middle of that campaign and was promoted to head coach where she held that position up until 2020.

During her time leading Delaware Valley, Cooper helped standout pitcher Jamie Stefani become the first All-American in that program's history. Stefani was one of three All-Middle Atlantic Conference performers that Cooper mentored during her time as head coach. Cooper's teams also found great success in the classroom as 16 student-athletes were named to the MAC Spring Academic Honor Roll. Cooper also spent time on staff as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Cabrini University.

"I would like to thank Lauren Packer Webster, Jeff Stoudt, and the entire search committee for the dedication and time it took to place me as the new head coach," stated Cooper. "F&M's commitment to student-athlete development and its powerful track record of preparing players for their next step, is unparalleled. This program is ready to take its competition to the next level and I am here to provide them with the tools to do so. We stand ready to build on the momentum of previous success and create the legacy of F&M Softball."

Since January of 2021, Cooper has worked as the Lead Exercise Physiologist in Cardiac Rehabilitation at Recora Health. During that time, she has coordinated the full exercise prescription and injury prevention programs for numerous clients, helping them obtain better performance and rehabilitation results after a cardiac event.

Now ready to jump into the coaching ranks full-time, Cooper has a strong background to lean on as she has been coaching travel softball since she was an undergraduate student at Cabrini and has nearly a decade of experience with personal training.

Cooper is a 2017 graduate of Cabrini where she earned her bachelor's degree in exercise science and health promotion. She was a four-time all-conference selection on the diamond for the Cavaliers' softball team, including first-team recognition during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. She hit .370 during her career with 124 RBI and 17 home runs, earning third-team all-region accolades from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). Her athletic exploits were not limited to the diamond as she was additionally named the CSAC Player of the Year for women's soccer in 2015 during another all-region campaign.