2018 Softball Coaches
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Joe Yegge
Head Coach - 11th Season
Alma Mater: Buena Vista University
Phone: 319-398-5586

Joe Yegge (pronounced "yeg-ee") is in his 11th season as the head coach of the Eagles softball program.

During his tenure, Yegge has accumulated a record of 488-99 at Kirkwood. His teams have won a total of 8 ICCAC regular season championships, 5 Region Championships, 5 District Championships, and have placed at the National Tournament three times. Yegge and his staff have been named the NFCA Midwest Coaching Staff of the Year twice.  

Yegge has had the honor of coaching 37 NFCA All Americans, 24 NJCAA All Americans and eight NJCAA All-Star Team members. The summers of 2014 and '17, Yegge was selected to be on the staff of the NJCAA All-Star team that played in the Canadian Open International Division, playing national teams from all over the world, including Japan, China, Canada, and Mexico.

Prior to coming to Kirkwood, Yegge spent five seasons as the top assistant at Division I Indiana State University, where he was in charge of working with the hitters.  In his time there, Yegge mentored ISU's first player to be named to MVC Tournament All-Tournament team. He also mentored ISU's first ever NFCA 1st Team All-Region Player. During his time at ISU, Yegge coached an offense that placed in ISU's all-time record books for home runs, doubles, base on balls, and at bats.

Before Indiana State, Yegge was the head coach at North Iowa Area Community College from 1998-2002 after serving as the assistant coach for two seasons. While at NIACC, he led the team to its first 30-win season in eight years and was instrumental in helping seven players advance on to four-year institutions. Additionally, Yegge coached 15 all-region selections during his time in Mason City.

Yegge is the NJCAA Softball Coaches Association President and also an active member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, sitting on the Board of Directors, Hall of Fame, All-American Selection committee, and the Recruiting committee.

Yegge, a State Center, Iowa native attended NIACC where he was a member of the football team, and Buena Vista University, graduating from BVU in 2002. He holds a master's degree in physical education from Indiana State University.

Yegge and his wife, Amy, reside in Cedar Rapids and have two sons, Wyatt and Canon.

 
Megan Blank
Assistant Coach - 1st Season
Alma Mater: University of Iowa

Megan Blank enters her first season as assistant coach for the Kirkwood Eagle softball program. She joins the Eagles after two seasons with the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch League. Prior to Kirkwood, Blank was one of the most decorated softball players in Iowa’s history.
 
Blank, a 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).
 
Blank earned a degree in sport management with a minor in psychology and sports studies from the University of Iowa in 2015.

 
Rylie Kane
Manager - 1st Season
Alma Mater: Cedar Rapids Praire High School