Katie Wagner begins her second season as an assistant coach for the SIUE softball program.
Hired in July 2011, Wagner's focus has been on the SIUE offense. She came to SIUE after coaching and playing at two NCAA Division I rival programs. She coached last season at Saint Louis University and helped SIU Carbondale to two NCAA Tournament appearances as a player.
She also will take over a number of administrative duties including travel, recruiting, equipment, apparel, and community service.
Wagner continued her coaching career on a performance track that led her to success on and off the field. A Saluki Scholar Athlete in each of her four seasons at SIUC, Wagner helped the Salukis to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2006 and 2007. A second team All-Conference pick as senior and a two-time Missouri Valley Conference All-Tournament selection, she ranks ninth in career home runs at SIUC. She ranked second on the team in batting average as a sophomore at .317 and as a junior at .308. She tied for the team lead with 16 multiple-hit games. Wagner, a native of Mount Vernon, was a prep standout. She was named All-South Seven first team pick and the 2004 Prep Athlete of the Year by the Centralia Morning Sentinel.
She also earned All-State honors in cross country, track and field (high jump), and basketball. SIUC compiled a 139-66 record during Wagner's four seasons on the field as well as a 62-28 record in MVC play. She also helped the Southern Force ASA team in 2004 to a national championship. After completing her four seasons with the softball program, Wagner also competed in one season each for the Saluki women's basketball program and the track and field team.
She earned a bachelor's degree in 2010 in elementary education from SIUC.