BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – WKU Softball head coach Amy Tudor has announced the addition of
Jessica Twaddle to the Hilltopper staff as an assistant coach. Twaddle, a Murray
State graduate, comes to The Hill after a season as a volunteer coach with the
Racers in 2018.
“Jessica Twaddle will be a great addition to the staff,” Tudor shared. “She is a
highly talented and motivated person which is evident from her decorated playing
career at Murray State. Jessica’s positive energy and knowledge of the game are
characteristics that will aid our team.”
Twaddle will work with the Hilltopper infielders – the same group she worked with at
Murray State following her playing days at MSU. After an impressive career as an
infielder during her time in Murray, Twaddle is the owner of Murray State’s program
records in career batting averaging (.374), hits (234), RBI (143) and double plays
“I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity I’ve been given to join the softball
staff at WKU,” Twaddle opened. “The sport of softball and the people I’ve met along
the way have given me more than I could have ever asked for. It is humbling to have
the chance to give back as a coach at this level. Coach Tudor has built an exciting
program here on The Hill and I am eager to get going.”
A native of Franklin, Tenn., Twaddle played for the Racers from 2014-17 and earned
her bachelor’s degree from Murray State in Economics with a minor in Business
Administration in December 2016. The Independence HS (Tenn.) graduate is currently
pursuing her master’s degree in the same field.
The only two-time Softball Player of the Year in Ohio Valley Conference history,
Twaddle also collected CoSIDA Academic All-American and NFCA All-American status
throughout her career. She was a three-time All-OVC selection and helped Murray
State to the program’s first-ever postseason berth in the 2017 National Invitational
Softball Championship (NISC). Twaddle received the OVC’s prestigious Steve Hamilton
Sportsmanship Award in 2017 and was also a member of Murray State’s Student Athlete
Advisory Committee (SAAC) during the 2016 and ’17 campaigns.
During her season on Murray State’s staff, Twaddle coordinated the Racers’ community
service, alumni communication and events while handling site host duties for
visiting teams in addition to her on field tasks.
Twaddle rounds out the WKU staff as Tudor enters her sixth year at the helm while
Kayla Bixel enters her third season as an assistant coach and fourth year on staff.