Foresters tap Averill to lead softball program

Sports information from Huntington University

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Courtesy: Huntington University

HUNTINGTON, Ind. – Huntington University athletics director Lori Culler has hired Tim Averill to lead the HU softball program.

“It is a great blessing and opportunity to take on this leadership role with the Forester softball program,” said Averill. “I look forward to creating an environment that empowers young women to be the best versions of themselves. We will compete for championships on the field while developing champions of character.

“I want to thank President Emberton, COO Russ Degitz and Athletic Director Lori Culler for this opportunity. I am honored by their belief in me, and I am committed to fulfilling the mission and ministry of this institution.”

Averill is no stranger to the campus and has been named head coach after serving as the program’s associate head coach for the past three seasons. He also brings 14 years of coaching experience to the position.

Averill is not only excited about the basics of the program, but also about what is to come. “I would like to thank Coach Erin Ehler for the hard work she has invested in building this program. This is a dream come true for me, my wife Kajsa and my sons Brady and Ty. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Huntington University softball.”

Averill’s coaching career began in 2006 at Staunton High School, where he served as an assistant baseball coach. During his three-year stint at SHS, he also helped guide the Buffalo Gap High School football team to a state championship in 2007.

Averill’s resume also includes assisting the baseball program at Buffalo Gap, including serving as president of Churchville Diamond Club, a youth baseball and softball organization. During his playing days, he earned back-to-back all-state honors as a pitcher for Lenawee Christian High School. The Adrian (Mich.) native also played one year for Coach Mike Frame in Huntington.

“We are very pleased to have Tim take over the reins of our softball program,” said Culler. “With three years of experience helping lead the program as an assistant head coach, he will hit the ground running with his knowledge of the student-athletes and the program’s competitive level within the Crossroads League.

“As a HU alumnus, he is a strong supporter of our institutional mission and will be a wonderful role model for living as a faithful servant of the Lord.”

Averill graduated from Huntington in 2005 with a BS in Recreation Management. He, his wife Kajsa, also a HU alum, and two sons Brady and Ty live in Huntington.