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Kirin Kumar Joins Tulsa Softball Staff

Kirin Kumar rejoins the Tulsa softball program as assistant coach.
Kirin Kumar rejoins the Tulsa softball program as assistant coach.
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June 19, 2014

TULSA, Okla. - University of Tulsa Head Softball Coach John Bargfeldt announced today the hiring of Kirin Kumar as assistant coach for the Golden Hurricane.

Kumar returns to Tulsa, where she spent five years as an assistant coach from 2006-10. Prior to rejoining the Golden Hurricane, she held stints at North Carolina, Western Kentucky and Tennessee Tech. Kumar replaces Brooke Smart, who left TU to pursue interests outside of college athletics. Smart spent four years on the Tulsa softball staff.

"We're excited to have Kirin back here. It's an easy transition for us, since she spent five years with us before," Bargfeldt said. "She has a lot to offer, in terms of recruiting and as a positional coach, and has a lot of the same philosophies that we have. Plus she's gone out and been able to experience maybe some other things that she can offer up as ideas to see if that's something that will make us better."

While at Tulsa from 2006-10, Kumar's duties included working with the outfielders, and serving as recruiting coordinator and dugout coach. During that period, the Hurricane won two regular season and two tournament championships in Conference USA, and played in three NCAA Regionals.

Kumar spent the 2013-14 year at Tennessee Tech, where she coached the infield and outfield positions, as well as baserunning, and served as bench and defensive coach during games.

Kumar was previous an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Western Kentucky from 2011-13. She oversaw recruitment, the development of the infield and outfield positions, and slap hitting and baserunning. She helped lead the Hilltoppers to the program's first conference championship and NCAA postseason appearance.

After leaving Tulsa to take an assistant coaching position at North Carolina in 2010-11, Kumar served as hitting coach and infield/dugout coach, and held responsibilities over the program budget and camps. UNC earned its highest conference finish in four years and reached the finals of the ACC Tournament.

 

 

Kumar graduated from Georgia Tech in May 2005 with a degree in business management. She was a starting utility player for the Yellow Jackets for four seasons, playing a total of six positions. Kumar played under Bargfeldt at Georgia Tech during the 2004 season.

The Santa Ana, Calif., native started 61 of the team's 65 games during her senior season, and she helped Tech win the ACC regular season and tournament titles and finish as runners-up at the NCAA Regional in Athens, Ga. During the postseason, she led the team with a .353 batting average, including a .500 average at the ACC Tournament while earning a spot on the all-tournament team.

For the year, Kumar finished fourth on the squad with a .322 batting average with six doubles and 20 RBI. She also posted a .348 on-base percentage and a .986 fielding percentage, and was the 14th toughest player in the country to strike out as a senior.

In her career, Kumar played in 251 games, ranking second all-time at Georgia Tech. Her senior class also graduated as the winningest class in Tech history, while leading Tech to its first two ACC titles and four straight NCAA appearances.

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