Former Viking tabbed as Olympic CC softball coach
Jan. 19, 2012
BREMERTON, Wash. - By Annette Griffus, Kitsap Sun
Quint, a standout pitcher, graduated from CK in 2007 after she helped the Cougars win two Narrows League titles and won league MVP her junior year.
She played for the Rangers in 2008-09 and was a first-team NWAACC North Division honoree both years, including North division pitcher of the year in 2008.
After transferring to Western Washington University, Quint finished second among school career leaders in strikeouts (438), tied for third in shutouts (10), fourth in wins (39) and fifth in both complete games (36) and innings pitched (379).
She was named to the NCAA Division II West all-region team and GNAC team both years in Bellingham.
Quint hopes to translate what she's learned about success to maintain a winning program at Olympic College.
"I grew up with the sport and now that I'm done playing, I feel like I should give back all the knowledge that I learned," Quint said. "I'm just excited for the season and hopefully have a successful program for years to come."
"They were the smartest coaches I could ever have the chance to learn from," she said. "They made us take pride in what we were doing."
Quint said she had no idea how difficult coaching could be.
"It's so different from being a player," she said. "I have so much more respect for the coaches I had."
At OC Quint helped the Rangers finish third in the NWAACC Championships under former coach Jessica Cabato. The following year OC placed fourth with Quint leading the way.
Quint, who works in Silverdale as a physical therapy aide -- she earned her degree in kinesiology at Western -- said she has already had meetings and practices with the returning players. The Rangers open the season March 3 at a preseason tournament in Tri-Cities.
Among those players are Bridjet Box (South Kitsap) and Jessica Klump (Olympic High). Both were all-league selections last year.
Quint, 22, said the closeness in age could be a benefit.
"I hope so," she said. "I'm just hoping they trust me enough to teach them everything I know."
Quint by the numbers
Olympic College softball coach Erika Quint set eight school records while pitching at Western Washington. Here's a look at what she accomplished her final year with the Vikings:
28: career wins
234: innings pitched
290: career strikeouts
19: consecutive wins
12: games with 10 or more Ks
22: consecutive scoreless innings
16: Ks in a game
Quint also led Western in earned run average, 2.09, complete games, 21, and shutouts, 7, her senior year.
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