The Grove City College Department of Physical Education and Athletics has announced the hiring of former standout Kristen Hughes-Cramer as the eighth head softball coach in program history.

One of the most versatile players to come through the Grove City program in recent memory, Hughes-Cramer takes over the program after spending the past five seasons as the Wolverines' assistant coach.

In that role, Cramer worked with multiple aspects of the program, including outfield development, hitting instruction and defensive positionoing.

She earned four letters at Grove City from 2005 to 2008 while playing both in the infield and the outfield. She started 97 career games for the Wolverines and led the team in hitting as a junior with a .378 average.

Cramer also led the team in runs, total bases and on-base percentage during that 2007 season, earning Second Team All-Presidents' Athletic Conference honors for her efforts.

She earned Dean's List honors and also landed on the PAC Academic honor roll during her career. Cramer graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in Spanish in 2008 and completed her master's degree in sports management at nearby Slippery Rock University in 2009.

Cramer will also serve as the assistant women's basketball coach and as an assistant professor of exercise science.

She lives with her husband, Mike, in their native Grove City.