WATERVILLE, Maine – Thomas College Director of Athletics Shanda Ness announced today the promotion of Ali Kriegel to Interim Head Softball Coach. Kriegel succeeds Terry Parlin who announced his retirement this week after 10 seasons in the Terrier dugout.
"We are very excited to have Ali leading our softball program. She has a true passion for Thomas College and our athletic department," said Ness. "I am confident Ali will continue the momentum of Thomas Softball being a very competitive program in the NAC and beyond and provide a positive experience for our student-athletes."
Kriegel has been on the softball coaching staff for five seasons, serving most recently as associate head coach during the 2018 season. Under her guidance, the Terriers earned their first NCAA Tournament appearance after capturing the 2017 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship. Kriegel has also spent six seasons on the Thomas field hockey staff under head Coach Andrea Thebarge.
"I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity to coach the Terrier Softball team," said Kriegel. "I would like to thank Shanda and the Thomas community, along with Andrea Thebarge and Terry Parlin who have been tremendous coaches and mentors to me over the past 10 years. Coach Parlin brought the program to where it is today, and I am looking forward to building off the great success he accomplished here. Thomas College and the softball program have had a huge impact on my life and I am so excited to lead this team."
As a student-athlete at Thomas, Kriegel was a four-year member and three-year captain of the softball and field hockey programs. In softball, she was named to the 2010 NAC All-Tournament team and batted a career-high .400 with 18 RBI and 24 runs scored during the 2010 season. Over her field hockey career, she tallied 16 goals and 17 assists for 49 points. In program history, Kriegel ranks first in career assists, third in points, and seventh in goals. She was also a two-year member of the NAC All-Conference Team and earned National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-Academic Honors.
Kriegel graduated from Thomas in 2011 with a Bachelor of Art in Psychology, then went on to earn her Master of Business Administration through Thomas' accelerated MBA program in 2012.