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Katrin Koch is originally from Neuffen, Germany, but her alma mater is none other than Indiana University.  She won track letters in 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1992.  Furthermore, she won Big Ten Medal in 1992, Big Ten indoor shot put title the same year, and the Big Ten outdoor shot put titles in ’91 and ’92.  She was an NCAA champion in the shot put outdoors.


Koch set Big Ten shot put records for both indoors and outdoors, as well as the discus.  From 1993-1998, she served as Indiana’s Assistant Director of Strength and Training and the Head Strength Coordinator from 1998-2004.

In ’04, Koch was named Director of Strength and Conditioning for Olympic Sports at the University of Georgia in May.  She is directly responsible for the Ladydogs basketbal team, the Men’s Tennis and Women’s Soccer Team as well as the Gymdogs while overseeing the development and implementation of strength and conditioning programs for all 15 Olympic UGA varsity sports.


Along with being a student athlete, Koch received her bachelor’s degrees in Fine Arts and Art History.  She received her masters in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sports Psychology from IU in 197.

During her tenure of coaching at IU, Koch worked with teams which combined to win three NCAA Championships and 21 Big Ten Conference and Big Ten Tournament titles.


This weekend in Wisconsin, the Ladies took down the Badgers with ease.  The highlight of the day was Senior Leslie Hureau winning both No. 1 singles and doubles against Wisconsin.

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Here are the final results from the meet.

Results No. 34 Indiana 7, Wisconsin 0


  1. Leslie Hureau (IND) def. Hannah Berner (WIS) 6-0, 6-1
  2. Katie Klycezk (IND) def. Lauren Chypyha (WIS) 6-4, 6-4
  3. Carolyn Chupa (IND) def. Anastasia Tripolskaya (WIS) 6-2, 6-1
  4. Alecia Kauss (IND) def. Lauren Burich (WIS) 6-2, 6-3
  5. Sophie Garre (IND) def. Katie Hoch (WIS) 6-1, 2-6, 1-0 (10-4)
  6. Jithmie Jayawickrema (IND) def. Pernilla Wohlstrom (WIS) 6-1, 6-0


  1. Leslie Hureau/ Carolyn Chupa (IND) def. Hannah Berner/Lauren Chypyha (WIS) 8-3
  2. Alecia Kauss/Shannon Murdy (IND) susp. Anastasia Tripolskaya/Katie Hoch (WIS) 6-3
  3. Sophie Garre/ Katie Klycezk (IND) def. Helen Rabot/Lauren Burich (WIS) 8-3

With the win this past weekend, IU clenches a winning conference record.  Their current Big Ten record in 6-3, but they will still face Illinois and Northwestern this weekend before the regular season comes to a close.

Next weekend (25-28th), the IU Hoosiers will be competing in the Big Ten Tournament hosted in BLOOMINGTON!  If you would like to see the match ups and find out more about the other teams, visit Big Ten Tournament Central on’s website here!

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As the IU Women’s Golf season begins to come to a close, the girls can’t help but bring home a few more trophies!

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This past weekend here in Bloomington the golf team won the Indiana Invitational by three strokes over Kansas.  Toledo, Eastern Michigan, and Ball State also competed this weekend.

The team wasn’t the only one to bring home a trophy, Elizabeth Tong received her third one of the season on Sunday. Tong also won titles this year at the IU Fall Kickoff and the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown.  There were also many other notiable wins and accomplishments achieved this past weekend.  To view the whole story, click here.

This first video is Head Coach Wallman recapping the first day of the invitational, while the second one is day two recap along with Lauren Harling, the assistant coach.

If you would like to do some traveling this weekend, go see the women compete against Ohio State in Columbus, OH.

According to the IU Hall of Fame website, Michelle Venturella is one of the most accomplished team sport athletes in IU history.  Venturella won softball letters in 1991, 1993, 1994 and 1995.

A native of South Holland, Illinois, Venturella was named All-Big Ten twice and Academic All-Big Ten three times.  She was the 2nd team All-America in 1994, 3rd team All-America in 1995 and IU Female Athlete of the year in 1995.

Venturella won IU’s Big Ten Medal in 1995 and set conference records in batting average, total bases and runs battled0in in 1994.  She holds IU season records for runs, doubles, home runs and runs batted in, while also owning the career record for runs batted in.


Venturella was a member of the USA softball team for six years, helping the US to a gold medal in both 1996 and 2000.  She was also part of the 1998 World Championship gold medal team.

What is this softball legend up to today?

Michelle Venturella is currently the head coach at University of Illinois-Chicago, a position she has held since 2008.  Prior to UIC, she was an assistant at Iowa for six years, including four as associate head coach, and an assistant coach at Northern Illinois for two years.


Venturella is entering her fifth season at the helm of the UIC softball program.  Since taking over, she has placed eight Flames members on 11 different occasions to the all-conference team.  She was named the Horizon League Coach of the Year in 2009.  Her squad claimed a regular season championship in 2009 and the tournament crown in 2011, which pushed the Flames to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004.


Michelle Gardner brought a new light to IU Softball Team.

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In her first four years as head coach, she has had 3 First Team Big – Ten players which is more than the 2001-2007 seasons combined!  She continues to bring a new attitude to this team as well as grabbing some wins along the way.

In one of my previous posts, I mentioned the Penn State Series and how the team had done so far in the season.

The video posted below gives a current update which includes information about their series win over Penn State and there upcoming series here in Bloomington for the Crimson and Gold Cup.

To see the final outcome of this weekend’s games as well as future games, visit the full schedule here.

Volleyball Update

Posted: April 10, 2013 by srcrone in IU Women's Sports
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Earlier this year, I did blog post on Sherry Dunbar and the IU Volleyball Team which is avaiable here.  Back then, the Fall season was over, so the video I posted was a little outdated.

Previously this week, Jeremy Grey met up with Coach Dunbar.  The following interview gives a recap of last weekend’s tournament in Kentucky as well as the upcoming tournament that is close to home.

If you would like to watch the girls this weekend at the Circle Center Tournament, you will not have to travel far.  They play their first game on Saturday at 9 am in Plainfield, IN.

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Running for Fun Now

Posted: April 9, 2013 by kelseyray in IU Women's Sports

Michelle Dekkers Maton won cross country and track letters in 1988, 1989 and 1990.  She was Big Ten cross country championships three times.  She was named an All-American in cross country three times, led teams to Big Ten cross country championships and holds the best times on IU’s course in cross country.  She still holds IU records both indoors and outdoors in 5,000 and 10,000.


So, what has Maton been running around doing lately?

Maton took time out from running to start a family and and move from Ohio to South Florida with her husband.

“Having kids gives me a good balance,” Maton said. “I’m not thinking about racing or training all the time. I like being busy with the kids.”

Maton runs in marathons for fun today.

“I still get a little nervous,” Maton said. “I’ve always had a problem with nerves. I enjoy it more because I am running for myself – not for a college, not for a team – just for myself.”

IND Women's Legend - Michelle Dekkers

Maton is a native of South Africa.  She grew up running barefoot and still trains that way sometimes today.

It seems like she can’t run away from track.  Not surprisingly, her husband is former NCAA indoor 800-meter champ Jim Maton.

Is it just me, or do we see running proteges in the future from these two?

I can’t decide which I’m more impressed about… The fact that Tara VanDerveer was a three year Dean’s List Scholar at IU or the fact that she has won over 800 games in coaching NCAA Women’s Basketball.

VanDerveer has been the Stanford University Women’s Coach since 1985, leading the Stanford Cardinals to two NCAA Women’s Division 1 Basketball Championships in 1990 and 1992.


In 1996, VanDerveer stepped away for a year to serve as the U.S. National team head coach at the Olympics.  She is a ten time Pac-12 Coach of the year.

During her time at IU, VanDerveer was a three-year letter winner on the women’s basketball team in 1974, 1974 and 1975.  She played starting guard, and this earned her invitations to tryout camps for the World Games in 1972 and the Olympic Team in 1974.


VanDerveer was always determined to play ball in college.  As one of five children, it wasn’t financially possible for her to go without a scholarship.  She started out at Albany College, where she felt the challenges weren’t great enough athletically.  She talked a few of her friends into attending the AIAW National Championships, where she took notes and decided that Indiana was right for her.

At the time, none other than Bobby Knight was coaching men’s basketball.  The women’s coach, Bea Gorton, patterned her style after Knight.  VanDerveer started attending Knight’s practices to catch a glimpse of what she would be doing later in the day during her practices.  It can be noted that VanDerveer carried what she learned from Knight to her coaching at Standford.

She’s coached everywhere from Idaho to Ohio State to Stanford to the Olympics Team. Let’s not forget- VanDerveer started right here at Indiana, where the opportunity allowed her to “dunk” into success.


The Spring Push

Posted: April 7, 2013 by srcrone in IU Women's Sports
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As the last couple weeks of classes are finally upon us, the Softball team is just getting started.

The following video is a great recap of IU Softball so far in case you would like to catch up with the girls so far this season.

Currently, the series is 1-1 against Penn State. Hopefully our girls can win this afternoon to better there record to 19-20!  You can catch the girls taking on Purdue next weekend at our own Andy Mohr Field for a three game series.

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So you might ask what is the Harrow Cup? 

I asked the exact same question when I came across the’s article.

According to Harrow Sport’s website,

The Harrow Cup is a post-collegiate women’s field hockey tournament with a $10,000 winner takes all cash prize. Six teams will compete in the weekend long competition in Philadelphia, Pa.

This year will mark the inaugural year of the Harrow Cup.

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So the next question you might ask would be how does this fit in with Indiana University?