Michele comes to TSI from Towson University, where she was the pitching coach for the past two seasons. She made an immediate impact in her first year, and as a team, Towson won a program record 42 victories and participated in the National Invitational Softball Championship (NISC), its first postseason appearance in school history.
In total, Michele has 17 years of collegiate coaching experience and several years of international coaching experience. She has coached at several Big Ten institutions (Penn State, Michigan State, and Northwestern) as a pitching coach and was Head Coach at University of Chicago from 1997-2000, where she remains the winningest coach in the program’s history with a winning percentage of .648. Internationally, Michele has worked through the International Softball Federation with the National Teams of Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Italy, and Slovakia.
Michele’s collegiate career was spent at Northwestern where she earned All-Region twice, was an All-Big Ten selection three of her four years, and was an ASA All-American earning her a place within the US National Team system and an invitation to the 1993 US Olympic Festival. In addition, she appears multiple times throughout the Northwestern record book, most notably for wins and shutouts. She contributed five no-hitters in her time as a Wildcat, three of the five were perfect games.
Hawkins played professionally in both Europe, with the Italian Series “A” program out of Marina di Massa (’96), and then in the US with the WPSL and WPF’s Georgia Pride (`98) and the Durham Dragons (`99). She was named an All-Star both seasons and was the WPF record holder for strikeouts in a game with 17. In 2000, when the pro-league temporarily downsized, Michele played for the ASA Women’s Major team Decatur Twister. Her team placed third in the country and Michele finished the national tournament with a perfect ERA of 0.00. For her efforts, she was named an ASA First Team All-American.
Michele spent several years focusing her attention on working with student-athletes who have dreams of playing college softball. She created a college bound athlete program, based out of a facility in her home town of San Diego and then nationally for a large travel club. She worked with individual softball athletes and their families to help them find the perfect fit for their future college academic and athletic career.
Michele earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University and her Master of Arts in Community and Agency Counseling from Michigan State.