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Drexel Names Miranda Ervin as Softball Head Coach

Courtesy: CAA
          Release: 07/30/2012
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PHILADELPHIA - Drexel Athletics Director Eric Zillmer has announced the hiring of Miranda Ervin as the University's next softball head coach. Ervin comes to the Dragons after spending two years at the helm of the Queens University program in Charlotte, N.C.

"I am thrilled to introduce Miranda as our next softball coach," said Zillmer. "Miranda's experience as a player and coach in collegiate softball makes her an ideal choice to lead our program. My staff and I welcome her to Drexel University, and I look forward to working with her to make Drexel softball a premier program in the CAA."

Ervin takes over the Dragons after a successful two-year run at Queens University. There, she guided the Royals to a 50-43 overall record, including the program's first 30-win season in six years when it went 30-24 this spring. Ervin, who started at Queens as an assistant in 2008 working with the pitchers and catchers, helped pitcher Chantel Dodge to two Conference Carolinas Pitcher of the Year awards, including one last season when Dodge was a senior.

It was not just Dodge who benefited under Ervin's tutelage during her tenure at Queens. During her final season as an assistant in 2010, Ervin guided a staff which ranked as high as tenth in the nation in strikeouts, leading the Royals to the Conference Carolinas championship and a semifinal appearance in NCAA Regional action.

Ervin also coaches with the Carolina Diamonds of the National Pro Fast Pitch League.

A Huntersville, N.C. native, Ervin is a 2007 graduate of North Carolina State University, where she earned a degree in communications media with a minor in parks, recreation and tourism management. While in Raleigh, Ervin was a four-year starter as the Wolfpack's catcher. During her junior season, she helped N.C. State defeat Pacific with a pinch-hit walk-off grand slam. She appeared in 222 career games, collecting 168 hits and 26 home runs.

Ervin went on to play professionally with Team Fiorini in Fiorini, Italy, where she also served as an assistant coach. Several of her teammates who she has coached had been members of the Italian Olympic Softball team. Ervin has also played with the Michigan Ice Professional Softball Team, pitching for the Ice during the 2007 season.

"I am extremely excited to be joining the Dragon family and to be a part of the softball program," Ervin said. "I look forward to working with the great people at Drexel and am anxious to meet the team and get things started. I would like to thank Athletic Director Dr. Eric Zillmer and all of the athletics administration for their belief in the program and giving me this opportunity."

Ervin replaces Kim Camara, who was the head coach of the Dragons for the last six years. Camara resigned her position in June to pursue other personal and professional opportunities. The Dragons went 22-26 last spring, posting their highest win total since going 24-21 in 2009.