NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk State softball program announced today that Andy Klaus has officially been hired to serve as NSU’s new assistant softball coach, working specifically with Spartan hitters and infielders. Klaus arrives at NSU after serving as an assistant coach at Lee University during the 2015 season.
He led the Lady Flames to a 36-19 overall record last year and a third place finish at the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Championship. Under Klaus’ guidance – he served as the hitting and outfield coach – Lee University hit a league-leading .328 as a team in 2015 in its transition year into NCAA Division II.
Prior to his time at Lee University, Klaus spent three seasons as the hitting and outfield coach at a pair of other D-II institutions. He coached for two seasons at East Central University in Oklahoma from 2013-14 and one season at his alma mater Oklahoma Panhandle State University in 2012.
During his two seasons at East Central, he led the program to 75 wins, including a 42-13 mark in his first season in 2013. The Lady Tigers hit a school record .353 that season, which ranked third in NCAA Division II, while senior Shelby Simmons led the Great American Conference in hitting at .456 and was named the league’s player of the year. She also earned Daktronics All-America honorable mention and All-Region first team honors in 2013.
East Central University led the Great American Conference in batting average, on-base percentage, hits and RBI in both of his seasons there. In total, Klaus coached 11 all-conference players and two all-region honorees during those two years.
In 2012 at Oklahoma Panhandle State, Klaus led the Aggies to an 18-win improvement from the previous season. He helped the Aggies raise their team batting average 71 points from the previous year and finish second in the Heartland Conference in batting average, slugging, runs, hits and RBI. He also coached four all-conference players, including Julie Cross, who tallied a .476 batting average that ranked fifth in the nation.
A native of Clarkston, Mich., Klaus played collegiate baseball at Oklahoma Panhandle and was named to the President’s Honor Roll on seven occasions. He hit .308 for his career and was named second-team All-Heartland Conference in 2010.
He graduated in December of 2011 with a bachelor’s of science degree in education from Oklahoma Panhandle State, and Klaus received his masters of education in sports administration from East Central University in May of 2014.
Originally posted on NSUSpartans.com.