Kent, Ohio- The head coach Eric Oakley announced that Lexie Handley joined the Kent State softball program as a volunteer assistant. The 2022 NFCA All-Midwest Region and All-Big Ten selection will work with Golden Flashes pitchers.

“We are thrilled to welcome Lexie home to Northeast Ohio and to our program,” Oakley said. “Discussing with Lexie, it is clear that she has a passion for teaching student-athletes and for the growth of softball in this region. After a distinguished career, it is great to have Lexie available to our pitching staff to pass on their experiences and help develop skills to help the team achieve its goals.”

A native of Mogadore, Handley first attended Akron after a record-breaking career at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School and was named the 2017 Mid-American Conference freshman after pitching 20 complete games and seven shutouts. She then transferred to Auburn, where she made 53 appearances and won 11 games for the Tigers in three seasons.

After earning her degree in Nutritional Science, Handley transferred to Ohio State and made an immediate impact for the Buckeyes in the 2022 season. She pitched 24 full games, the most of all. Ohio State pitchers in a single season, won 22 games and struck out 271 batters, breaking a school record that stood for 15 years. Handley earned first-team All-NFCA Midwest Region and second-team All-Big Ten honors in his lone season at Columbus.

Handley recently completed her first season in professional ball, helping Saronno Softball to the European Women’s Softball Cup Winners’ Cup A and Italian National Championship titles.

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