After one season and a Hawkeye Ten Conference softball title, Megan Hoch has stepped down as coach at Harlan Community to pursue opportunities at the college level of the sport.

Hoch turned in her resignation July 26 after guiding the Cyclones to a 28-5 record and a regional final appearance in which they fell 2-0 to eventual Class 4-A state champion Dallas Center-Grimes.

“She brought a lot of good fundamentals,” Harlan athletic director Mitch Osborn said. “She did a very good job.”

The former Megan Christopher was a four-year starter and two-time All-Big 12 catcher at Missouri and won the league’s defensive player of the year honor as a senior in 2011. Osborn said Hoch informed him she will be taking on a graduate assistant position at her alma mater.

“Her goal is to be a college coach,” Osborn said. “She wants to get into the college level.”

While Harlan searches for its next head coach, assistant Kent Klinkefus will handle any offseason tasks, Osborn said.

Hoch was hired as the school’s head softball coach in February.

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