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Alison Haehnel, enters her second season as the head coach of the Tigers. Prior to the 2013 season, she was the head softball coach at NCAA Division III Concordia University Chicago for three years.
In three seasons with Concordia, the Rolling Hills Estates native’s teams tied and broke the school’s single-season win record in back-to-back seasons, made their first Northern Athletics Conference postseason tournament and 10 of her players were recognized on all-conference teams.
“Alison understands what it takes to run a successful softball program at a prestigious liberal arts college. She’s committed to excellence, both on the field and in the classroom, she understands what type of student-athlete we’re trying to attract and the unique experience Oxy has to offer,” Occidental athletic director Jaime Hoffman said. “She comes highly recommended by some of the best coaches in the country and we’re confident she can turn our program around.”
“Our first season was a solid start for our team. The players were excellent at adjusting to a new staff, they worked diligently, and their attitudes are exceptional. We accomplished a lot on and off the field this year and have laid a strong foundation to build our program up. We had great senior leadership and our returning players are highly motivated to step up in year two. I am pleased with our first season as a team and have high hopes for our continued success.”
"I am grateful to Jaime Hoffman for the opportunity and look forward to working with the staff and student-athletes at Oxy. Occidental College offers an excellent academic and athletic experience that I am proud to represent,” Haehnel said. “I can't wait to meet the student-athletes and get to work on building a tradition of success for the softball program. I look forward to leading the Tigers to continued success on the softball field and in the classroom."
With Concordia, Haehnel also served as the senior woman administrator, the director of compliance in the athletic department and was an adjunct English professor.
She had stops as an assistant coach at St. Mary’s, Washington College and her alma mater, the University of Illinois at Chicago, before her tenure with the Cougars.
Haehnel is a member of the Alliance of Women Coaches and a graduate of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy.
In her playing career, she was an all-Great Lakes Region selection, the Horizon League Pitcher of the Year, First Team All-Horizon League, a Horizon League All-Tournament Team selection and named to the Midwest Collegiate Conference All-Newcomer Team. She graduated with a BA in english and a minor in spanish from UIC in 2004 and earned her Masters in instructional leadership from the school in 2008.
Haehnel resides in Torrance with her husband David.