After spending her freshman year at Ellsworth Community College, Forest City’s Hailey Kofron is returning to her hometown as a member of the Waldorf College softball team.
Kofron, a 2013 Forest City High School (FCHS) graduate, signed a letter of intent with the Warriors on Wednesday.
“We are very pleased that Hailey made the decision to join our softball program,” Waldorf coach Denny Gilbertson said. “I have had the opportunity of coaching her at FCHS and know that we are getting a student-athlete who is a competitor.”
During Kofron’s senior season at Forest City, she helped the Indians to an 11-15 record and a third-place tie in the North Iowa Conference with an 8-6 league mark.
As a senior, Kofron topped Forest City’s lineup in batting average (.430), slugging percentage (.557), on-base percentage (.489), total hits (34) and tied for the most runs scored (19) on the team. She connected for two home runs and ended the season with 14 RBIs. Kofron played third base for the Indians, recording an .845 fielding percentage with 37 put-outs and 50 assists.
A five-year varsity letter winner and four-year starter at Forest City, Kofron earned all-conference recognition during her final four seasons with the Indians. She was a unanimous first-team all-conference selection as a senior, earned all-district honors and was named to the Class 3A All-State Third Team by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association (IGCA).
Several factors led Kofron to selecting Waldorf. She’ll be able to attend college in her hometown and be close to friends, family and be an active member of her church. Kofron is also looking forward to being reunited with her high school coach.
“I enjoy Coach Gilbertson a lot,” Kofron said. “He’s a really good coach.”
Kofron played primarily third base in high school, but also saw time at first base and in the outfield. During the 2013-14 school year at Ellsworth, she served as a second baseman for the Panthers in the fall before an injury sidelined her from competing during the spring season.
“She will give us greater flexibility due to her ability to play multiple positions defensively,” Gilbertson said.
Kofron is the daughter of Leslie Kofron. She will pursue a degree in education with a special education emphasis at Waldorf. For Kofron, it’s a perfect fit to continue her education and athletic career with the Warriors.
“I think it’s a really big opportunity,” Kofron said. “I was given a talent to play and I want to make the most of my talent. I’m just really pushing to use everything I have.”