KEENE, N.H.--Keene State College Director of Athletics and Recreation Dr. Kristene Kelly has announced that Kristen Duross has been hired as the Assistant to the Athletic Director and Student-Athlete Development Coordinator.
"We are pleased to have Kristen join the Keene State College athletics department in this critical role," said Kelly. "Kristen's skill set, personality and energy is perfect for this position. Additionally, her knowledge and experience as a DIII student-athlete at LEC member, University of Southern Maine, will serve as the perfect foundation for building a comprehensive student athlete development program. I have no doubt that Kristen will fit right in and make a very positive impact on our student athletes and the athletics program as a whole."
In this role, which is funded by an NCAA Division III Ethnic Minority and Women's Internship Grant, Duross will work with Keene State student-athletes and the Office of Academic and Career Advising on all aspects of student-athlete development, as well as other projects assigned by the Director of Athletics and Recreation.
"I'm excited to be a part of Keene State Athletics. This athletic department is the definition of both academic and athletic excellence," said Duross. "While working under the Athletic Director, I look forward to enhancing student-athlete development programs to better support Keene State athletes in the classroom and through their transition from high school to college and matriculation to graduation. I look forward to working closely with staff in other departments, most importantly Academic and Career Advising. "
Duross is a former softball student-athlete and is familiar with the Little East Conference, having graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a sport management degree in 2015, and received a master's degree from Western Kentucky University in 2017. A three year captain for the Huskies, she was a Second Team All-LEC outfielder in 2014 and a First Team All-Conference selection in 2015.
Her softball work is extensive, having worked at Brand New Ball game as an instructor and U16 head coach. She also served as the head softball coach at Wheelock College for the 2018 season, as well as working as a scout for National Scouting Report and a camps coach for the Washington Nationals.