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Former Iowa standout Megan Blank named softball assistant coach
Softball - Tue, Aug. 22, 2017

CEDAR RAPIDS -- Kirkwood head softball head Joe Yegge announced today that former Iowa Hawkeye standout Megan Blank will officially become the program's newest assistant coach.

"We are extremely excited to have Megan on our staff," said Yegge. "Being a professional softball player along with her decorated career at Iowa, she brings instant credibility and will add tremendous knowledge and connections to our program. Plus, with her dad being a Kirkwood graduate, it's always great to have a coach that has connections to the Kirkwood family."

Blank comes to Kirkwood after playing two seasons of professional softball with the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch League.

The Culver City, Calif. native, was a four-time All-Big Ten First Team selection in her standout career with the Hawkeyes. Blank played and started at shortstop in every game of her collegiate career. She broke or tied five school records and finished in the top 10 in 12 statistical records. As a senior, Blank hit .442 to break Iowa's single-season batting record for the second time in her career (.437 in 2013). Through her four years in the Black & Gold, Blank amassed a .410 batting average to break the program's 18-year-old record.
 
Blank's 63 career doubles broke an Iowa softball record that had stood for 18 years. In 2015 alone, Blank amassed 20 doubles to tie Iowa's single season school record.
 
In addition to All-Big Ten honors, Blank was a four-time NFCA All-Midwest Region selection and was named to the All-Big Ten Defensive team in 2014 and 2015. She was also selected as a Big Ten weekly award winner on four occasions (Player of the Week twice, Freshman of the Week twice). Prior to the 2014 season, Blank was named to the Top 50 Watch List for USA Softball Player of the Year. In 2014, Blank was one of 32 athletes and one of just six sophomores invited to the USA Softball Women's National Team Selection Camp.
 
Blank ended her career at Iowa second all-time in RBIs (153), tied for second in triples (13), fourth in home runs (27), fifth in runs scored (130), tied for fifth in hits (253), tied for eighth in home runs in a single season (9), and tied for 10th in hits in a single season (76).