Jul 31st, 2013 @ 1:55 pm | Author: Mark Potts, Sports Information Director
Valley City State University has promoted from within to fill its head softball coach vacancy.

Athletic director Jack Denholm announced Wednesday that assistant coach Elle Fracker has been promoted to VCSU's head softball coach for the 2013-14 season. She replaces Chad Slyter, who resigned earlier this month.

Fracker has been the assistant at VCSU for two seasons, starting in February of 2012. She primarily served as hitting coach while also working with outfield defense and the catchers. She has also been heavily involved in recruiting.

"Elle has been a great asset to Viking softball the past two seasons, and we're excited to give her the opportunity to be a head coach," said Denholm. "With several years of experience as both an assistant coach and former player, she's ready to make the transition to head coach."

Fracker played NCAA Division I softball for Indiana State from 2003-08, serving as the team's primary catcher. Following her graduation in 2008, she worked assistant coach jobs at Drexel University and Oberlin College before coming to VCSU.

"I would like to thank Coach Slyter for everything he has done for the program in his 10 years at VCSU," Fracker said Wednesday. "The foundation he has built will do nothing but set the team up for success.

"I am so excited for the season to get rolling," she added. "We have a great core coming back and with the addition of our new players there is a lot to look forward to this coming season."

A search for Fracker's assistant coach will begin immediately.

The Vikings posted a 10-26 season in 2013. They begin play in the new North Star Athletic Association this coming spring.