The following is a Kent State press release announcing Jessica Bachkora as a new assistant coach to the Golden Flashes softball team:
The Kent State softball program has announced former Arkansas standout centerfielder Jessica Bachkora as its new assistant coach. Bachkora, who spent the 2013 season as an assistant coach at Auburn, will primarily work with the Kent State outfielders and hitters.
"We're really excited to have Jessica on our staff," Kent State softball head coach Karen Linder said. "Jessica has competed at the highest level as an athlete and the coaching experience she brings from the SEC will be valuable. We look forward to the positive energy and knowledge Jessica will bring to help our team grow."
Bachkora completed a brilliant career as a student-athlete from 2006-10 at Arkansas where she batted .300 (227-756) overall and established the single season home run mark at 15 in 2010. Additionally, Bachkora also holds the career standards in runs scored (166), hits (227), doubles (48) and total bases (356) for the Razorbacks.
Following her playing career at Arkansas, Bachkora served as a graduate assistant for the Razorbacks from 2010-12 before moving to Auburn as an assistant coach for the 2013 campaign. Bachkora was also an assistant coach from 2008-12 for the 18U Gold Team of the Mustang Softball Association in Wichita, Kan. where she tutored more than 20 players who went on to play collegiate softball at institutions such as Florida, Oklahoma State, Baylor and Kansas.
Bachkora earned her bachelor's degree in kinesiology and added a master's degree in exercise science in 2012. As an undergrad at Arkansas, Bachkora was the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a First Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American in 2010. Bachkora was a four-time Academic All-SEC selection from 2006-10.
Following her collegiate playing career, Bachkora played from 2011-12 for the Diamonds of the National Pro Fastpitch League where she competed against elite players from around the globe.
Kent State finished 27-21-1 overall in 2013 and won the Mid-American Conference East Division championship – its first division crown since 2010 – with a 16-6 record in league play.
Bachkora replaces Jexx Varner, who left after three seasons to become head coach at Lafayette (Pa.) College.