BOISE, Idaho With the first pitch more than a year away, Erin Bridges-Thorpe has already made history at Boise State University as she becomes the first head softball coach for the Broncos.


Bridges-Thorpe will start her new position on Sept. 28 (Friday) and will spend the next several months putting the team together, working on a schedule and getting the Boise State softball program ready to start play for the 2008-09 athletic season.


“I am thrilled that we are able to attract someone with Erin's experience and background,” Boise State Director of Athletics Gene Bleymaier stated.  “She will be a real asset.  The new program will be in good hands.”


Bridges-Thorpe has been the head softball coach at Whittier (Calif.) College the past five years (2002-2007).  In August of 2004, she also became the school’s senior women’s administrator and in January of 2005 she was named assistant athletic director for compliance. 


Prior to her taking over the head coaching position in August of 2002, Whittier’s softball team had a record of 4-33.  This past season (2006-07) she guided Whittier to an overall record of 23-17, and a 12-12 mark in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference to finish fourth. 


Last year Bridges-Thorpe guided her players to five All-SCIAC honors, the rookie of the year in the conference and two NCAA All-West Region awards.  The team finished the season 28th in the nation (NCAA III) for team batting average at .337. 


Bridges-Thorpe played her intercollegiate softball at the University of California, San Diego where she earned NCAA All-America honors in 2000 as a shortstop.  Four times she was named to the NCAA All-West Region team, and in 1997 she also earned NCAA All-West Region tournament honors.  She completed her collegiate playing career in 2000 by being named the Female Athlete of the Year at UCSD.             


She received her bachelor’s degree in economics management science at UCSD in June of 2000.  She is currently working on her master’s degree in business administration from Cal-Poly Ponoma.  Bridges-Thorpe and her husband Eric have two daughters, Jordan and Peyton.

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