Ashley Gruber begins her fifth season on the Penn State Behrend softball coaching staff after a tremendous four-year career with the Lions. Last season, Behrend made its 17th appearance at the AMCC Championships and won its eighth conference title while advancing to the NCAA Tournament, and winning their first-ever NCAA contest. The Lions finished 27-14 and 16-2 in AMCC play. Gruber enters the season just one-win shy of reaching 100 career victories.
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.