Presbyterian College softball coach David Williams announced the hiring of Mikayla Cooper as assistant coach on Thursday. She will start in July with primary duties that include working with the team’s catchers and assisting with infield/hitting.


Cooper comes to PC after one season as an assistant coach at Chadron State College where she assisted in raising the team’s batting average, runs, hits, doubles, on base percentage and fielding percentage from the previous season.


“We are very excited about the addition of Mikayla to our program,” Coach Williams said. “Her experience as a player, having started at a different position each year of college, gives her the versatility to assist our team in many areas. She possesses a winning mentality that stems from her success as a player, and she has already built the necessary foundation needed to develop players through her experiences as a coach. I look forward to Mikayla’s arrival and the contributions she will make to the program.”


Cooper was a standout player for Ohio University from 2015-18, starting 221-of-223 games. The Bobcats advanced to the Mid-American Conference Tournament Finals three consecutive seasons, 2016-18, with Cooper starting at first and leading off for the 2018 MAC Tournament Champions. Her senior season Ohio also won the MAC regular season title. She earned All-MAC First Team honors her junior and senior seasons as well as All-Tournament honors in 2016. Cooper was an impact player on the 2017 team that won a program record 42 games.


The native of Delaware, Ohio, graduated from Ohio in 2018 with a degree in recreation management and minors in business administration/coaching education. She is currently working on a masters degree in sports management from Chadron State.