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Alison Haehnel, enters her third 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.”
"In two seasons our team has evolved, developed great team chemistry, and we are well on our way to our goal of competing at the top of our conference. Each player is consistently improving and we have added very strong student-athletes to our roster. We have developed a vibrant team culture and each day is extremely rewarding as the team grows. I am proud of our players, their passion and commitment to the game and I am excited for what the future holds for our team."
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 is a 2013 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.