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Kristen Butler becomes the head coach at Toledo; Michelle Moultrie will be an assistant at Samford.

Thursday July 10, 2014Former Gator Standouts Accept Coaching Positions

Gainesville, Fla.

Kristen Butler becomes the head coach at Toledo; Michelle Moultrie will be an assistant at Samford.

Two former University of Florida softball players accepted coaching positions this week, as Kristen Butler was hired as the head coach at Toledo while Michelle Moultrie joined the staff at Samford as an assistant coach.

 

Named SEC Player of the Year and NFCA All-Southeast Region First Team during Head Coach Tim Walton’s first season at Florida in 2006, Butler takes the helm of the Rockets program after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Charleston Southern. She joined the CSU staff in the fall of 2012 following stops as an assistant at Mississippi Valley State and a volunteer assistant with the Gators. Butler was selected to the SEC All-Tournament Team as a Florida freshman in 2003, and her 17 home runs as a senior are tied for ninth on the UF single-season list. The Orlando, Fla., native finished her career in Orange and Blue with 33 home runs, which also ranks ninth in Gator annals.  

 

A two-time All-American during her UF tenure, Moultrie holds single-season school records for hitting (.443, 2011) and on-base percentage (.519, 2011), along with the career mark for stolen bases (83). She left UF as the single-season record-holder for steals (31, 2011) and the career standard-bearer for hitting (.385). Named SEC Player of the Year as a senior in 2012, Moultrie led Florida to the Women’s College World Series in each of her four seasons, appearing in two championship series and earning WCWS Most Outstanding Player honors in 2011. The Jacksonville, Fla., native also was a finalist for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award. Samford will be the first coaching opportunity for Moultrie, who has played with the United States national team each of the past four years.  

 

“This is a great opportunity for Kristen and Michelle to utilize their playing experience to mentor student-athletes,” Walton said. “I’m happy for them to be able to share their insights on the game to help mold the players and the programs at Toledo and Samford.”

 

Butler takes over a Toledo squad that finished 19-34 last season, marking a two-game improvement from 2013. The Rockets finished fourth in the West Division of the Mid-American Conference, and will have 15 players returning for 2015. Moultrie joins a Bulldogs team that is coming off 38-18 season that represents the program’s best record since 1987. Samford set schools records in 2014 for wins, hits, runs scored, RBI and home runs, and will bring back 17 players from a squad that had just one senior.  

 

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