EKU softball hires Robyn Leighton as assistant coach

Eastern Kentucky University head softball coach Jane Worthington announced on Monday that Robyn Leighton has been hired as an assistant coach. Leighton was a part of last year’s staff as the director of player development/volunteer assistant coach.

Eastern Kentucky University softball added Robyn Leighton to the staff as an assistant coach, head coach Jane Worthington announced on Monday, July 27.

Leighton was a part of last year’s staff as the director of player development/volunteer assistant coach.

The Colonels jumped out to a 22-2 record  before the season was canceled due to the coronavirus.

“Robyn is well liked and well respected by the players in our program,” Worthington said in a press release. “Her familiarity with our program from playing in the conference is a definite plus.”

Leighton assisted in planning practice, throwing batting practice, working on catcher development, and with pitching and hitting individuals. She put together team travel, booked hotels and bus reservations for road trips. Leighton learned the NCAA bat list and ensured bats used in games followed regulations.

Leighton was a graduate assistant at Southern Arkansas University where she helped lead the softball program to a 2019 Great American Conference regular season championship. She also helped assist the program to a 2019 NCAA Division II Central regional appearance.

“She will be taking the lead on working with our catchers, but will be helping in all areas,” said Worthington. “Robyn is a welcome addition to our coaching staff!”

According to the press release, Leighton worked as a marketing intern in the athletics department at Morehead State from 2016-18 where she helped in game day operations for volleyball, soccer, basketball, football, baseball and softball.

Leighton is a 2018 graduate from Morehead State, where she received a degree in sport management. She was also a four-year player for MSU. She was named to the Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner’s honor roll all four years and the Dean’s List three times.

She was named All-OVC second team in 2016. In 2017, Leighton was a Student Government Association Female Athlete of the Year nominee, MSU athletics department Female Athlete of the Year nominee and OVC Scholar Athlete of the Year nominee. 

Leighton received her master’s degree in sport administration from EKU in June 2020.

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