Eric Frese enters his second season at the helm of Kirkwood softball after leading the program to a fourth-place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament. In Frese's first season with the team, the No. 7 Eagles finished (54-17), second within the ICCAC (23-5), won the Region XI-B championship and then went on to win the District H championship over No. 18 Dawson Community College.
In Frese's first year, the Eagles earned three NFCA and NJCAA All-American selections. London Jackson (NFCA 1st Team, NJCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Offensive Player), Shelby Hulsebus (NFCA 1st Team, NFCA New Balance golden Shoe Award, NJCAA 2nd Team), Erin Hocker (NFCA 2nd Team, NJCAA 2nd Team, NJCAA All-Tournament Team)
The Eagles also earned several All-Region Awards highlighted by Two-time Defensive Player of the Year (Rachel Stewart - IF) four 1st Team All-Region selections (Erin Hocker, London Jackson, Rachel Stewart and Shelby Hulsebus), five 2nd Team selections (Bradee Boumann, Jayme Finn, Randyn Carter, Lauren Klaahsen and Autum Barthelman) and one Honorable Mention selection (Lauren Kuch).
A 20-year head coaching veteran, Frese came to Kirkwood after spending 12 seasons at UW-Platteville, and eight years as head coach at Clarke University.
The Norway, Iowa native graduated from Norway High School, where he played on three state championship teams. He then went on to graduate from Mount Mercy University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology. Eric and his wife Alisha have two children, their son Jackson and daughter Cora.