Mary Ann Hopkins is back for her fourth season on Mike Rappl's coaching staff, where she works with the team's pitching staff. Hopkins returned to the program in 2010 and she was able to help guide Canisius pitchers Caroline Main and Amanda Baun to all-conference honors, while the Griffs' staff led the MAAC in strikeouts and the lowest team ERA in the conference. A member of the Western New York Softball Hall of Fame, Hopkins previously served as a volunteer pitching coach with the Golden Griffins in the early 1990s and was on the staff when the 1993 team set the then-NCAA record for consecutive wins with 35-straight victories.
Hokins is a grad of Medaille College where she earned a degree in elementary education. She taught at St. Joseph's in Buffalo for 30 years. "Hoppy" has served a volunteer pitching instructor at Canisius softball camps and clinics for more than 20 years and has coached many outstanding high school pitchers in Western New York. During her playing days, she was a stand-out pitcher for the North Tonawanda Shamrocks, where she played for Canisius Athletic Hall of Fame member Larry O'Connor.
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