Katie Larson enters her first season as the Head Women’s Softball coach at Iowa Lakes Community College after two seasons as the Laker’s graduate assistant coach.
A New Ulm, Minnesota native, Larson was a five year starter for the greyhounds leading them to three state tournaments and two state championship titles and earned a selection to the State All-Tournament Team her sophomore year. Katie was a five time member of the All-Journal Team, four time member of the All-Conference Team, four time member of the All-State Team, and All-Journal Player of the Year her junior year. Larson graduated from Cathedral High School in 2009 holding six softball school records.
After graduation, Coach Larson started her collegiate career at Iowa Lakes Community College. In her freshman season, the team finished with a record of 61-11 (most wins in Iowa Lakes history) and a third place finish in the National Tournament. Katie made the Academic All-Conference Team in 2010 and 2011. She graduated Iowa Lakes with her Associate of Arts Degree.
Larson then continued both her academic and athletic career at University of Sioux Falls in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. While at USF, Larson captained the team in their first season as a NCAA Division 2 program. Larson was a NSIC Academic All-Conference member, NSIC Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award recipient, Prestigious Purple Feather Award recipient, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes recipient.
Coach Larson earned her Bachelor’s degree from University of Sioux Falls in Elementary Education and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in High Education.
Birkey starts his second season as an assistant volunteer coach for the Laker Softball team.