Appalachian State head softball coach Shelly Hoerner announced the hiring of Alex Hupp as the Mountaineers’ new softball assistant coach on Thursday.
At App State, Hupp will serve as the pitching coach and will also coach outfielders. She will also have a large hand in recruiting and assist in day-to-day operations.
“I'm excited to have Alex join our softball family here at App,” Hoerner said. “She brings great knowledge along with a sense of maturity which will be very beneficial to our staff. The rapport Alex has with the student-athletes she has worked with in the past is very impressive, and will aid greatly in re-establishing this program. She's a terrific recruiter and motivator who has a lot of passion and energy. Alex has the same goals and values as myself for this program. I look forward to bringing our vision together.”
"I would like to thank Coach Hoerner and the Appalachian State athletic department for this opportunity to join the Mountaineer family," Hupp said. "I believe in the culture and values that Coach Hoerner brings to the game, and I am excited to build a program alongside her and these talented, young women."
Hupp comes to App State after two seasons as an assistant coach at Troy University, following a stint as the top assistant at East Tennessee State University in 2015. Hupp also served on the coaching staff at South Dakota State University as an assistant coach in 2013, and interim head coach in 2014. Before her time at South Dakota State, Hupp helped lead Emporia State University as an assistant coach to a combined 84-27 record over two seasons, including back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Division II Regionals.
An Olathe, Kansas native, Hupp graduated from University of Nebraska in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. As a softball student-athlete at Nebraska, Hupp was a pitcher and outfielder, amassing 58 total pitching appearances and 239 career at bats. In her sophomore season, Hupp emerged as Nebraska's No. 2 starter, logging 133 innings, while also tossing a no-hitter against the University of Northern Colorado.
Hupp had a standout career at Olathe East High School, posting a 69-1 career record in the circle. While earning First Team High All-America Honors in 2006, she was also named the 2005-06 Gatorade Softball Player of the Year for the state of Kansas. Hupp helped lead Olathe East to three consecutive Class 6A state championships from 2004-06.