COLLEGE STATION, TX — Three-year coaching veteran and former Louisiana-Lafayette player Katie Repole has been named Texas A&M Softball’s volunteer assistant coach, head coach Jo Evans announced Thursday. Repole’s responsibilities include coaching the outfielders, assisting with hitters, video, camps and clinics and on-campus recruiting.
“I’m excited to welcome Katie to our coaching staff and back to her home state of Texas,” Evans said. “Katie has a passion for the game, great work ethic and strong softball ties in the state. She will be involved in all facets of our program and will be a great addition to our staff.”
Repole comes to Aggieland after spending the last three seasons as an assistant at Virginia working with the outfielders and offense and was the Cavaliers’ recruiting coordinator. In Repole’s first season with the Cavaliers, she helped lead Virginia to the ACC Tournament for the first time in three seasons as the Cavaliers won nine ACC games, the second most in school history. The 2017 offense ranked in the top five in the ACC in multiple categories, as catcher Katie Park earned All-ACC honors and was the program’s first NFCA First Team All-Region selection since 2013.
In 2019, Repole assisted in the development of Lacy Smith, who became the fourth Cavalier to earn All-America honors as the senior was named to the Softball America First Team. Smith posted a career-best .414 batting average while slugging a school-record 15 home runs.
“Coaches are defined by not only their ability to grow and adapt personally, but also their ability to help others grow and adapt, which is why the chance to learn from Coach Evans and the rest of the staff was something I couldn’t pass up,” Repole said. “Furthermore, as a native Texan, I have always been drawn to the rich traditions here at A&M as well as its unmatched fan base. I am so excited to help young women compete at the highest level possible and so grateful to Coach Evans, the rest of the staff and the athletics department for this opportunity.”
Prior to joining the coaching staff in Charlottesville, Repole worked at several instructional clinics across the country with multiple NCAA Division I programs, and served as an assistant coach with the Texas Bombers 18U softball team and the Texas Bombers 16U Gold team, a program that has consistently finished among the top teams in the nation with an ASA 16U Gold national championship.
She has also worked as a Director of Development with the Texas Bombers organization, working with athletes from all 52 teams and assisting members of the program in the recruiting process.
Repole played collegiately for Illinois her freshman and sophomore seasons and transferred to Louisiana-Lafayette for the final two years of her career. She helped the Ragin’ Cajuns to a 46-9 record and a top-10 national ranking as a senior.
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