Girls Varsity Basketball, Girls Varsity Softball · Female Athlete of the Year – Erin Coffel

The Bremen Athletic Department has named Erin Coffel as their 2020 Senior Female Athlete of the Year.

Erin Coffel helped lead the Bremen Softball to a sectional title as a freshman, a state runner-up finish as a sophomore and a state championship in 2019.  For her career, Erin carries a batting average of .627 with an on-base-percentage at .702 and slugging percentage of 1.388.  In her 339 plate appearances, Erin has an astounding 168 hits, 191 runs, 164 RBI, 36 doubles, 9 triples and 50 home runs.  As a sophomore, Coffel broke the Indiana state record for home runs in a single season with 22 and is currently the career leader without the benefit of a senior season.  On the base paths, Erin stole 47 bases in only 49 attempts while playing for the Lions.  Coffel only struck out 12 times……in her career while being walked an unprecedented 64 times.

The Indiana Softball Coaches Association has made Erin a 3-time All-State selection.  The Northern Indiana Conference (NIC), the largest in Indiana, made her a 2-time NIC Most Valuable Player.  In addition, MaxPreps selected Erin as a 2019 National High School Underclass Softball All-American making her one of only eleven infielders in the country to receive this exclusive honor.  The ALL-USA High School Softball Team honored Erin with her selection to the All-USA High School Softball 3rd Team placing her among the most elite players in the country.  Erin was the only player from the state of Indiana to be honored by USA Today.

Recognized as one of the nation’s most elite high school athletes for not only athletic excellence, but high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character, Gatorade selected Erin as their Softball Player of the Year for the state of Indiana  With this honor, Coffel became a part of a 30+ year legacy that includes past winners such as Peyton Manning, Abby Wambach, Karl-Anthony Towns, Derek Jeter and many other sports icons.

Was it mentioned that Erin also plays basketball?  As a senior captain, Erin helped lead the Lions to their first sectional championship since 2004 and a trip to the IHSAA Tournament’s Final 8.  A 3-time team MVP, Coffel became a 2-time selection to the NIC’s 1st Team after receiving Honorable Mention during her freshmen and sophomore seasons.  The Indiana Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) selected Erin to their 2019-20 Subway All-State Team recognizing her as one of the state’s top 15 players in Class 1A and Class 2A.  Last year, Erin was recognzied with IBCA Underclassmen All-State Honors for the 2018-19 season.  During her career, Bremen recorded 66 wins, won 2 Bi-County championships (she was named tournament MVP in 2019) and brought home a sectional title.  Erin concluded an illustrious basketball career as the all-time leading scorer in school history with 1,273 points.

Academically, Erin carries a 3.8 GPA ranking 8th in her class and she received All Northern Indiana Conference Academic Honors.  Erin will attend the University of Kentucky located in Lexington, Kentucky, where she will play softball for the Wildcats and study kinesiology.

Erin wraps up a career as one of the most accomplished, celebrated athetes to ever walk the hallways at BHS.

Take a well-deserved bow EB!  Go Cats!

Bremen Head Softball Coach, Mike Huppert stated, “Erin is a coach’s dream.  She works very hard at fundamentals and asks for additional coaching to become the very best she can, is a pure leader on and off the field, and truly loves the game of Softball.  Erin’s work ethic is unmatched, taking extra reps hitting and fielding to prepare herself for any situation.  We are blessed to have Erin represent Bremen, and hope for nothing but the best in the future.”

Bremen Head Girls Basketball Coach, Alex Robinson, stated, “It has been an absolute privilege to coach Erin.  She has been an outstanding representative of Bremen both on and off the court.  Her leadership and commitment to excellence are truly unmatched.  She is the epitome of hard work and dedication paying off.  The Bremen Girls Basketball program could not be more excited to see her continue her softball career at the University of Kentucky. “