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Softball gets new coach

The IPFW women's softball program has a new coach.

Athletic director Kelley Hartley Hutton has announced that Germaine Fairchild, who brings 17 years of NCAA experience and seven postseason appearances, has been hired.

"We are thrilled to bring in someone with Germaine's level of knowledge and expertise into this position," said Hartley Hutton in a release. "In addition to her knowledge, she brings a passion to her coaching that is contagious to anyone she meets."

Fairchild was an assistant coach at Fairleigh Dickinson in 2014, where the team made its first postseason appearance in program history. Fairleigh Dickinson finished 21-21 with an 11-5 record in the Northeast Conference (NEC).

Prior to her season with the Knights, Fairchild was head coach at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, for 13 seasons. While there, she led the program to seven top-four NEC finishes, seven conference tournament berths, and four championship game appearances.

She coached 22 All-NEC players, four NEC Rookie of the Year award winners, one Defensive Player of the Year, one Pitcher of the Year, four All-Region student-athletes, and one Quinnipiac Female Athlete of the Year. Additionally, she helped mentor three QU Female Scholar Athletes of the Year, and 30 All-Academic selections.

"I would like to thank Director of Athletics Kelley Hartley Hutton for this tremendous opportunity," said Fairchild. "I am both honored and excited to become a member of the IPFW family, and the Fort Wayne community. I look forward to building the excellence of Mastodon softball in the Summit League and beyond."

Prior to her season with the Knights, Fairchild was head coach at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, for 13 seasons. While there, she led the program to seven top-four NEC finishes, seven conference tournament berths, and four championship game appearances.

She coached 22 All-NEC players, four NEC Rookie of the Year award winners, one Defensive Player of the Year, one Pitcher of the Year, four All-Region student-athletes, and one Quinnipiac Female Athlete of the Year. Additionally, she helped mentor three QU Female Scholar Athletes of the Year, and 30 All-Academic selections.

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