Troyan Announces Coaching Staff For 2022 Softball Season

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BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania – Lehigh head coach Fran Trojan has announced his coaching staff for the 2022 campaign. Troyan has hired Pattie Ruth Taylor and Kyle Stinner as assistant coaches, while David Troyan ’20 will serve as the Mountain Hawks’ volunteer assistant.

Taylor will serve as the Mountain Hawks’ pitching coach and will play a prominent role in recruiting student-athletes. She comes to Lehigh after two seasons as a volunteer assistant trainer at UConn. Last season, Taylor Payton Kinney trained to three weekly Big East Awards and a place on the Big East All-Tournament Team. In her first season at UConn, Taylor worked with staff who posted a 2.01 ERA and threw six shutouts that went 16-5 in the shortened 2020 campaign.

Taylor is from Russellville, Tennessee and was pitched for the state of Middle Tennessee from 2015 to 2018. She was an All-American Scholar Athlete of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, two-time C-USA Honorary Fellow, and a member of the MTSU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

“Pattie Ruth met all of her recommendations in her interview, and I worked with her personally in a clinic before she was hired,” Troyan said. “Pattie Ruth knows softball, knows how to pitch and has an undeniable charisma.”

Before joining UConn, Taylor worked as a pitching instructor at SIX1FIVE, where she gave private pitching lessons to girls of different ages.

Taylor earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing from Middle Tennessee State University and added a master’s degree in leisure and sports management.

Stinner is from Allentown and has been active in the local softball scene for many years. Stinner spent six years as an assistant coach at Whitehall High School, five years as an assistant to the Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup team, and four years as a summer travel ball coach in the Lehigh Valley area. He has worked with Trojan regularly at Lehigh softball clinics.

Sinner is a teacher at Parkland High School and assistant coach of the Parkland soccer team. He is a 2016 graduate from the University of Pittsburgh and earned a Masters degree from Kutztown in 2018.

“Kyle is a teacher but he’s also a student of the game,” said Troyan. “Kyle has worked for me in clinics for years and understands and can teach all aspects of softball.”

David Trojan has been with Lehigh Athletics all his life. The son of two Lehigh head coaches, Troyan has served as team manager for the Mountain Hawks’ softball program for the past three seasons.

“David brings the energy, passion and the competitive spirit he got from his mother (Lehigh basketball head coach Sue Troyan),” said Troyan. “He’s also been in the Lehigh dugout literally since he was five. Growing up with two Division I coaches has its downsides, but also its advantages.”

Troyan graduated with a degree in Sociology in 2020 and is completing his Masters in Educational Leadership from Lehigh. Currently he also works as a referee in division I basketball.

“Our staff has remained essentially intact since 2003,” noted Trojan. “I love our former employees and always will. But I threw it out of the park with our current employees! We’re eager to roll up our sleeves and get to work!”

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