Unruh takes reins of Friends softball program

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Friends Athletics
Levi Convirs, Sports Information Director

WICHITA – Suzanne Unruh, last season’s KCAC Softball Coach of the Year, has been named the new Friends University softball head coach, Athletic Director Dr. Rob Ramseyer has announced.

“I am ecstatic we could attract such a highly respected coach,” Ramseyer said.

“Suzanne is well respected throughout the region as a coach and as a person.  She has won at a high level and we believe she will continue to do that here.  Most importantly, she believes in Christian higher education and will create an environment within her program that will impact her student-athletes in all areas of their lives”

Unruh is no stranger to the Falcons or the KCAC, as she is coming off a nine-year tenure as head coach of Tabor College.

Last season, Unruh was selected the league’s top coach by her peers after leading the Bluejays to the conference regular season championship and a berth in the NAIA National Tournament.

She oversaw five All-KCAC performers last season and also fostered a program that produced a league-high 14 KCAC Scholar Athletes.

“I am excited to be joining the Friends family!” Unruh said.

“Coach Tony (Segovia) has held such a strong winning tradition for many years, and I am humbled now to be a part of it.  I want to thank Rob Ramseyer for this opportunity for me and my family. I am thrilled to meet the players and get started this fall!”

Prior to arriving at Tabor, Unruh served tenures as an assistant coach at Cowley Community College and Butler County Community College, while also filling the role of interim head softball coach at Butler.

Unruh began her coaching career at her alma mater, Derby High School as an assistant coach and junior varsity head coach.

Her collegiate playing career included being a two-time first-team All-Jayhawk East Infielder/Outfielder and also a two-time first-team All-Region VI Infielder/Outfielder at Cowley CC.

She then transferred to Fort Hays State University and set eight school offensive records and received a pair of first-team All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference nods.

She also enjoyed a decorated high school player career, earning induction into the Derby HS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017.

Unruh and her husband Mike have three children, Kinlee (nine), Caden (seven) and Karsyn (five).

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