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After joining the Cheshire High School softball coaching staff as an assistant in 2013, Kristine Drust was hired to succeed Kas Hoag as head coach last week. A two-time All-American and record-holder at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Drust coached at her Alma Mater and Central Connecticut State University. She also played professionally, winning national titles with the Connecticut Classics, Connecticut Brakettes, and New England Rip Tide. Her husband, Don Drust, is head coach of the CHS football program.
Cheshire softball went 16-6 (6-2 in Housatonic Division) this year, hitting .359 (school record) as a squad. In the Class LL Second Round, they lost 4-1 at Southern Connecticut Conference Champion/Class LL runner-up Mercy. Captains Nicole D'Amato and Lauren Fountain, along with Kierstyn Bourdeau, Erin Donnarumma, and Kathryn Vitale graduated. Seniors Alexa DiLeo and Bryanna McIntosh will captain the 2014 team for Drust.
Read more about Drust's playing career and her thoughts on becoming a head coach in this week's issue of The Cheshire Herald!
Submitted photo of Drust and Vitale.