|Overall Record:||281-144, .661|
|SCIAC Record:||175-77, .694|
|Office Location:||Mod F-4|
Coach Betsy Hipple begins her eleventh season as Head Coach of the CMS Athenas. Starting with her inaugural 2006 campaign, she quickly built the program into a perennial SCIAC contender.
|2008:||CMS takes a shot at first place into the last weekend of play, ultimately finishing second in conference.|
|2009:||CMS advances to the NCAA Championships for the first time in program history.|
Hipple came to CMS from Hunter College, City University of New York. In five seasons there, she led the team to three CUNYAC titles ('02, '03, '05), three CUNYAC tournament titles ('01, '02, '03) and into the NCAA Championships three times ('01, '02, '03). She was named CUNYAC Coach of the Year three times ('01, '02, '03). She coached multiple all conference players, pitchers of the year, and players of the year. These accomplishments are of particular note given that Hunter College did not have a home field for either practice or competition. All training was done in a gym and a local City of New York field was used to host teams from out of town.
Coach Hipple is an avid student of the game. She attends camps, clinics, and workshops whenever possible and has earned the highest rank of 4-star Master Coach, completing the entire NFCC Master Coach Program. The NFCC (National Fastpitch Coaches College) master coach program offers an eight course, ½-star per course progression for softball coaches examining all facets of the game under the guidance of the most successful coaches in the sport.
Coach Hipple and the Athenas share their knowledge and love of the game with local youth teams during clinics they offer throughout the year to serve the community. Remembering how they felt watching "the big girls" play, the Athenas bring a huge enthusiasm to these clinics teaching and bonding with their young trainees.
Prior to entering collegiate coaching, Hipple led Outward Bound courses with adjudicated and at-risk youth for almost ten years. An outgrowth of this work led her to corporate leadership consulting for several years before attending graduate school at the University of Utah. Master's degree in hand, Hipple left to fulfill another lifelong dream and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer for two and a half years in Malawi, Africa.
A native of Gainesville, Florida, Hipple started her coaching career with a 12U basketball team in a local church league. Coaching highlights since then have been many. Among the most memorable was organizing an all-day practice session for the 2004 U.S. Olympic softball team during the ‘Aiming to Athens' tour. Along these lines, Coach Hipple was honored to host a practice for the University of Michigan team in 2015 on the Athenas' field. It was a privilege and a great joy to watch coaching legend Carol Hutchings and her squad up close.
In addition to coaching the softball team, Hipple is an Associate Professor of Physical Education at CMS and teaches two Physical Education courses each fall. She also serves on various committees as requested, currently participating on the Personal & Social Responsibility: Sexual Assault & Title IX subcommittee.
Coach Hipple lives in Claremont. She moved her mother from Knoxville, TN to Claremont in 2007 and took care of her during a tragic decline due to dementia. Marjorie Hipple died in April, 2014. Coach Hipple’s niece, Samantha Steitz, is a 2011 Scripps College graduate majoring in Piano Performance. Since graduation, Samantha started her own Piano Studio (Suzuki Method) in Pasadena. One of her nephews, Jeffrey Steitz, is a 2013 Claremont McKenna College graduate, dual majoring in Econ-Accounting at CMC and Piano Performance at Scripps. Since graduation, Jeffrey started the global t-shirt company, Serengetee. Her youngest nephew, Maxwell Steitz, is a graduate from the Lab School in New York City and will begin college at Tulane University in the fall of 2016 after taking a gap year to travel around the world.