Hauschildt to play softball at William Penn

(photo by Perry Bell) Knoxville senior Hannah Hauschildt accepted a scholarship offer from William Penn University in Oskaloosa to play softball. Hannah is pictured in the front row with her parents, Cindy and Brad Hauschildt. In the back from the left is her high school softball coach Coy Hupfeld and her college coach Mike Christner.

Hannah Hauschildt has accepted a scholarship offer to play softball at William Penn University in Oskaloosa following graduation from Knoxville High School this spring.

Hannah held a formal signing ceremony in the KHS library late last week.

When asked what her thoughts were for the day she commented, “I’m relieved and sad at the same time. I’m excited to move on to Penn. I’m also sad because this is my last season of high school softball.”

Hannah’s college choices came down to William Penn, Grand View, Des Moines Area Community College and Graceland.

Former Knoxville Head Softball Coach Steph Christner is an assistant coach for the William Penn Statesmen. “I chose William Penn because my former high school coaches is there. I’m use to her coaching and I know her well. She has a certain style.”

She added, “She expects hard-work and you need to take criticism to get better. Over the years I feel like I’ve grown a lot on the mental aspects of playing the game. Coach Christner tries to turn mistakes into life lessons.”

“What I like about playing softball is the fact that if you mess up you have the chance for making the next great play. It’s a very team oriented sport. Being a senior at Knoxville I look forward to being a senior leader on the team this year,” Hannah stated.

Mike Christner is the head coach at William Penn, he is Steph Christner’s father.

He has accumulated nearly 600 wins in his 17 year coaching career at the college. His daughter has been at his side as an assistant for the past 11 years.

He has won seven conference titles and the squad has made four national tournament appearances.

The head coach who was on hand for the signing stated, “What we like about Hannah is she is a good local talent and a player with good speed. She played for Steph so she knows our system. She will be a good fit for us and we are excited to have her.”

M. Christner said most of the William Penn roster is made up of players from the Midwest, Iowa, Missouri and Illinois.

Hannah is the daughter of Brad and Cindy Hauschildt.

Her parents talked about the signing and their thoughts for the day.

Brad said,”I’m proud of Hannah. She has this opportunity and has worked hard for this chance since sixth grade. Hannah is a perfectionist.”

Brad and his daughter go work on hitting every Sunday night.

Cindy commented, “I’m so proud of my daughter. We have pushed her to succeed because we believe in her. My husband and I both are William Penn graduates so that makes us happy as well.”

Cindy was asked to describe her daughter. “She’s very eager to learn. She is a sponge, she takes it all in so she can be her best. She loves softball. She’s kind of quirky, because she is a combination of her mom and dad. I’ve the music person and Brad is the athletic person in the family.”

Also at the signing was Knoxville’s 2018 varsity softball coach Coy Hupfeld. He teaches at Carlisle and hasn’t had a chance to coach her in a varsity game at this time.

Coy has coached softball in Minnesota and the last two years at West Central Valley (Stuart).

“In working with Hannah, she is quick and smooth with what she does in softball. As far as skill-level, she has a lot of confidence,” Coy stated.

Hannah closed by saying, “I’ve played a lot of travel ball since fourth or fifth grade. I’ve met so many good people and they have made me a better person and a better player.”

“Softball has brought so many opportunities for me over the years. If you work hard and get good grades anything can happen,” she stated.

Hannah carries a 3.3 GPA and she scored a 20 on her ACT test.

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