DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke softball pitching arsenal continues to bolster up with talent, as head coach Marissa Young added Ohio native Kylie Coffelt to the 13th-ranked 2018 signing class.
“I admired Duke's medical program and always dreamed of going there since I was in seventh grade, but they didn't have a softball program,” Coffelt said. “Once coach Young was named head coach, I followed my dream and worked hard until I got it.”
Coffelt is another member of the 2018 class that has cracked the FloSoftball Top 100, reaching as high as No. 62 in a career that has seen her twice capture All-State honors at West Branch High School. A native of Beloit, Ohio, Coffelt will become the first player in program history to represent the Buckeye State.
With her senior year upcoming, Coffelt has established herself as one of the best in the circle in the state of Ohio, tallying over 100 strikeouts in each of her first three seasons with sub-2.00 ERAs as well, highlighted by a sub-1.00 ERA her sophomore campaign. Coffelt has also showcased an impressive game at the plate with a .350 or better batting average each year.
Freshman year saw Coffelt erupt onto the scene, tossing 139 strikeouts with a 1.78 ERA and a .897 WHIP en route to being named All-District and All-League. It was also her best year offensively, as she recorded a .402 clip with a .526 slugging percentage, .412 on-base percentage and one home run.
Coffelt proved that the sophomore slump was a myth in her second season, recording hands down her best season in the circle. A scorching .514 ERA highlighted her sophomore campaign, along with a career-high 166 strikeouts and .780 WHIP. She also kept up her success at the plate, going .383/.543/.422 with the second homer of her career. Her success earned her district and league honors yet again and set her up with the first All-State laurel of her young career.
Year three continued Coffelt’s tear through Ohio as she swept district, league and state honors for a second-straight season while fanning 110 batters and earning a 1.12 ERA and .900 WHIP. And once again success continued offensively for the righty, as she recorded a .356 clip with a .522 slugging percentage and .404 OBP with two more home runs added to her resume.
Coffelt’s career on the club scene has seen her play three years as a pitcher and first baseman for the Ohio Outlaws.
Off the field, Coffelt has been active in the classroom and her school’s community. The National Honors Society and Mount Union Junior Scholars member is ranked in the top 10 in her class, showcasing her dominance in her studies. She has also been an editor on West Branch’s yearbook staff since her junior year, a Freshman & Sophomore Focus Mentor starting her senior campaign and a Class Officer all four years at WBHS.
Kylie will be the second in her family to pitch at the collegiate level, joining her aunt Rhonda Coffelt, who was an ace for the Georgia Bulldogs softball program from 1995-99.
Favorite Softball Memory?
“My favorite softball memory was beating our high school rival, Louisville, who had not been beaten in 15 years.”
How Did You Get Started Playing Softball?
“My parents allowed me to try any sport when I was little including soccer, basketball, softball and even karate. Softball was the one I loved the most, so I went to hitting lessons and eventually got into pitching which made me love the game more.”
Who Has Made The Biggest Impact On Your Life?
“My parents have made the biggest impact on my life.”
Goals Upon Graduation?
“I would like to continue my schooling at an optometry school and follow my career path into pediatric optometry.”
“Giving pitching lessons to little girls who enjoy the game like I do and volunteering my time at our church.”
“My favorite athlete is Simone Biles because she is very talented but is very humble about it and doesn't let all of the fame get to her head. I also admire how she makes everything she does look like she is having the most fun one could have while staying focused and performing so well.”
If You Could Play Any Other Sport In College You Would Pick?
“I would pick volleyball because I love the game and the teamwork you had to have to get each point of the game.”
Best Advice You’ve Ever Received?
“’Control what you can control.’ And ‘Everything happens for a reason.’”
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