Ashley Gruber begins her sixth season on the Penn State Behrend softball coaching staff after a tremendous five-year career with the Lions. Last season, Behrend made its 18th appearance at the AMCC Championships before falling to Mt. Aloysius. The Lions finished 32-13 and 14-4 in AMCC play. Gruber tallied her one-hundredth win last season.
She was a three-time All-Conference selection and two-time Team MVP while earning AMCC Co-Player of the Year as a senior. Her final season she led the team in hits (55), doubles (16), home runs (9), RBIs (50) and batting average (.430). Gruber hit a walk-off home run in the AMCC Championship game to help the Lions reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009.
She broke the program’s double record and is second all-time in home runs and assists, and is third in RBIs. Gruber also received the Team Scholarship/Leadership Award and the AMCC Spring Sportsmanship Award her junior year.
Gruber graduated from Penn State Behrend in 2012 with a B.S. in math education and a masters in business administration in 2015.