MISSOULA — Allison Galvin, who played at Northern Iowa and has spent the last two years on the coaching staff at Kirkwood (Iowa) Community College, has joined the Montana softball program as a graduate assistant coach.
The Grizzlies, under head coach Jamie Pinkerton and assistant coach Melanie Meuchel, will play their inaugural season in 2014-15.
“We are excited to add Allie to our staff as a graduate assistant,” Pinkerton said. “Her experience as a Division I player at Northern Iowa and her experience coaching at the junior college level the last two years will make her an invaluable addition to our staff and a key part of building our new program.
“Allie will help mentor our outfielders and slap hitters, and be an important asset in the office.”
Galvin, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was a three-year starter in centerfield for the Panthers. She started all 54 games as a senior in 2012 as Northern Iowa won 38 games and went 21-4 in the Missouri Valley Conference to win its first outright regular-season league title in program history.
She was a two-year co-captain for coach Ryan Jacobs and a member of Northern Iowa’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee. She earned her degree from UNI in family services.
After graduating, Galvin joined coach Joe Yegge’s staff at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, and in 2013 and 2014 the Eagles went 107-11 and produced six All-Americans. They finished fifth at nationals in 2013.
Galvin also coached at the high school level in Cedar Rapids.
“We selected Allie because of her experience as a former student-athlete and because of the coaching experience she’s gained the last two years at Kirkwood,” said Pinkerton, who was an assistant at Iowa State prior to being hired at Montana.
“I knew Allie as a player and competitor, and after getting to know her the last couple of years, I felt she would fit in nicely with our staff. She was highly recommended by Ryan and Joe, two coaches for whom I have a great deal of respect.”
Montana will open its fall season shortly after Labor Day. Practices for the spring season will begin in January, and the Grizzlies will play their first game in program history in early February at New Mexico State’s tournament at Las Cruces, N.M.
— Montana Sports Information