Northland Announces Return of Kathy Huschle as Head Women's Softball Coach

Veteran softball coach and Northland instructor Kathy Huschle has agreed to assume the head coaching position for Women's Softball, effective immediately. A vacancy in this position was created with the resignation of Coach Merle Johnson. Johnson had been the head coach for both football and softball.

Coach Huschle served successfully as the head coach for softball for eight years from 2001 to 2009. She has also served for several years as the assistant coach.

Thief River Falls Campus Dean and Athletic Director Steve Crittenden indicated that Coach Huschle provides a wonderful solution to this coaching vacancy, Kathy is a highly experienced coach with a passion for softball. She will provide excellent continuity for the student athletes.” Coach Huschle stated I love this game, so it didn't take much for Steve to convince me to come out of retirement. I am excited to work with our softball players and look forward to a great season for the Northland Pioneers.

Northland Community and Technical College (NCTC) is a comprehensive college with campuses in Thief River Falls, MN, and East Grand Forks, MN. NCTC also has an aerospace site in Thief River Falls, MN, and a satellite site in Roseau, MN. NCTC offers certificates, diplomas, transfer courses, two-year degrees (A.A.S., A.S., A.A.) in more than 80 areas of study, workforce training and education programs. NCTC is a member of Minnesota State, the fourth-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the United States, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. NCTC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer. For more information about Northland Community & Technical College, visit or call 1.800.959.6282.