BOISE, Idaho Erin Thorpe, Boise State’s head softball coach, announced this morning the hiring of Justin Kloczko and Brianne McGowan as assistant coaches for the 2009 inaugural season. The two additions completed the Bronco staff with Kloczko filling the position of first assistant while McGowan will serve as the second. Both have already relocated to Boise and will start their responsibilities immediately.
Justin Kloczko, First Assistant
Justin Kloczko joins head coach Erin Thorpe as an assistant coach for the Boise State softball team’s inaugural season in 2009. Kloczko’s responsibilities on the staff as the first assistant include hitting and fielding coach duties, as well as, assisting with the day to day operations of the program. He will also serve as the team’s recruiting coordinator.
He worked as an assistant softball coach at the University of Nevada Las Vegas from 2001-03, where he worked with catchers and outfielders and served as the program’s recruiting coordinator.
He also worked as an assistant softball coach at California University of Pennsylvania from 2000-01, Cal State Fullerton from 1999-2000, and the University of South Carolina, Spartanburg from 1997-99.
He has served in a number of head coaching positions for girls’ club softball teams that have competed in regional and national tournaments. Kloczko also has extensive experience with softball camps, having served as director or co-director for college-sponsored camps in Nevada, Pennsylvania, California and South Carolina.
Kloczko played baseball for the University of South Carolina, Spartanburg, earning a scholarship as a pitcher, and for American River Junior College in Sacramento, Calif.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in physical education from the University of South Carolina Spartanburg (now University of South Carolina Upstate) in 1999.
Brianne McGowan, Second Assistant
Brianne McGowan, a two-time All-American pitcher at Oregon State, joins head coach Erin Thorpe as an assistant coach for the Boise State softball team’s inaugural season in 2009. McGowan’s responsibilities on the staff as the second assistant include pitching coach duties and will assist with hitting and fielding, in addition to helping with the day to day operations of the program.
McGowan, who graduated from OSU in 2008 with a degree in health and human science, competed for the Beavers from 2003-07. Her best season was in 2005 when she earned first-team All-America honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year with a 36-10 record and a 1.80 earned-run average. That year she broke six different Oregon State single-season pitching records: wins (36), strikeouts (346), complete-game shutouts (12), complete games (34), appearances (54), and innings pitched (299.2). In 2006 McGowan posted a 29-9 record and a 1.36 ERA for OSU and received third-team All-America recognition from the NFCA.
She was also a member of the United States team that won a gold medal at the 2007 World University Games and a member of the 2004 USA Junior Olympic Team.
Before she joined Boise State, McGowan was an undergraduate assistant with the Oregon State softball program during the 2008 season, working primarily with the pitchers.