NIACC press release:
MASON CITY – Christi Weiser has been hired as the new NIACC softball coach.
Weiser, who is the head softball coach at Garner-Hayfield/Ventura, was an assistant softball coach at Colorado Mesa University, a NCAA Division II school, for two seasons.
“I’m so excited for the opportunity,” Weiser said. “I’ve worked very hard, and I’ve dedicated the last 13 years of my life preparing for this opportunity.
“I’m so appreciative to the college, to Mr.Mason and to Dr.Schulz for this opportunity.”
Weiser replaces Tyler Sisco, who stepped down as coach of the Lady Trojans after seven seasons.
NIACC was 15-22 in the 2014 season.
“We are excited to welcome coach Weiser to the NIACC athletic department family,” NIACC athletic director, Dan Mason said. “We had great interest in the position and Christi emerged from a strong pool of candidates.
“I feel that her passion for softball and student development will be a great fit for our program at this time.”
Prior to coaching at Colorado Mesa, Weiser was a member of the Regis University coaching staff for nine seasons. Weiser recently completed her second year as the coach at Garner-Hayfield/Ventura.
Weiser said her previous coaching experience has helped prepare her to lead the Lady Trojan softball program.
“I had the opportunity to be mentored by two coaches, Dana Lillard (Regis University) and Kristin Mort (Colorado Mesa), who are both offensive gurus,” Weiser said. “When I worked under them, I had to become a defensive guru, but I learned so much from them offensively. They helped me become a well-rounded coach.”
Weiser is a native of Canon City, Col., where she was an all-state selection in softball. She attended Regis University and graduated with a degree in Psychology in 2000 and was a three-time All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference selection as well as a first team all-region selection.
Weiser said her team will play an exciting style of softball.
“We will play an aggressive, fast-paced style,” she said. “I like to steal bases, go from first to third and score from second on a base hit.
“Our pitchers will control the game, and our defense will be fundamentally sound. We will be a fun team to watch.”
Weiser received a Master’s of Science degree in Exercise and Health Science with an emphasis in Sports Psychology from California University of Pennsylvania.
Weiser will also be a Wellness, Exercise Science and Leisure Services instructor at NIACC.