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From left, Heidi Pinkerton, Kim Tackett, and Haley Marvine joined the Transylvania coaching staff this year.

Three coaches join Transylvania staff

New head coaches in women’s lacrosse, softball, and men’s and women’s cross country and track and field have recently joined the Transylvania staff.

Former University of Cincinnati standout Haley Marvine is Transylvania’s first women’s lacrosse coach. She is a 2011 graduate of Cincinnati, where she was a four-year letter winner and a team captain for the Bearcats. She has extensive experience working lacrosse camps in the South and Midwest as well as at Duke University and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

“I am looking forward to the challenge of getting the Transylvania women’s lacrosse program started,” Marvine said. “My knowledge of lacrosse in Cincinnati and throughout the Midwest will be an asset in bringing talented players to Transylvania.”

“Haley impressed us with her background and coaching experience,” said athletics director Jack Ebel ’77. “She brings a lot of confidence and energy to the position, and she has a very strong work ethic. Haley is a tremendous addition to our staff.”

Heidi Pinkerton, a former team captain at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and head cross country coach for Guilford College, is the new men’s and women’s cross country and track and field coach. She replaces Jason Moncer, who held the position the past three seasons.

While earning her bachelor’s degree at UNC-Greensboro, Pinkerton ran cross country and track, and was a two-time All-Southern Conference selection. She set the school record in the steeplechase.

“I think we have the potential to become one of the premier programs in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and in the region,” Pinkerton said. “This is a great opportunity and challenge that I very much look forward to.”

“Heidi was an accomplished runner in college and had great success coaching at Guilford, where she produced two NCAA Division III All-Region performers,” said Ebel.

“She is a young coach with a lot of knowledge, enthusiasm, and passion for her sport. She is a real asset to our staff.”

Kim Tackett, a former All-American at Muskingum University, is the new softball coach, replacing Michelle Manning, who held the position for three years. She played for the late Donna Newberry, winningest NCAA Division III coach in history, and was a second-team All-American and three-time All-Region and All-Tournament selection.

Tackett earned her bachelor’s degree from Muskingum and a master’s degree from John Carroll University, where she was an assistant coach for three seasons and a member of the Ohio Athletic Conference Coaching Staff of the Year.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to coach at Transylvania, which has a strong history of success in softball,” Tackett said. “I look forward to the challenge of building on that success.”

“Kim was a four-year starter for a perennial NCAA Division III World Series team,” said Ebel. “She has been a part of two highly successful programs and will be a tremendous role model for our student-athletes. I believe she is one of the top up-and-coming young coaches in America.”

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