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HANOVER, N.H. – Head softball coach Shannon Doepking has announced the hiring of Paige McDuffee and Olivia Watkins as assistant coaches ahead of the 2018 season.

McDuffee comes to Hanover from Los Angeles, where she was a pitcher at UCLA (2014-17), which is the nation’s winningest Division I softball team with 11 national championships. While there, the Bruins made it to the Women’s College World Series twice.

The Texas native was a standout pitcher at the Woodlands High School, being named the 2010-11 National Gatorade Player of the Year and the Texas Gatorade Player of the Year.

In 2013, she earned a silver medal with the USA Softball Junior Women’s Team at the ISF Women’s World Championship.

During her free time, McDuffee was a camp coordinator and instructor for Elite Softball, where she designed the camp agenda and managed schedules. She was also an instructor at the UCLA Softball Camps, organizing day and overnight camp activities and worked directly with children ages 6-13.

McDuffee graduated from UCLA in June with a degree in sociology.

Watkins hails from Florence, Ala., and spent the last two years as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Illinois.  Prior to her stint at Illinois, Watkins played for the Akron Racers and Pennsylvania Rebellion in the National Pro Fastpitch league.

A four-year all-star at Western Kentucky University (2011-14), Watkins left her mark at WKU as the all-time leader in batting average (.380), stolen bases (117) and stolen base attempts (129).  She was the first Western Kentucky player to ever sign with an NPF team.

Watkins graduated from Western Kentucky in 2015 with a degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in science.