Entering her second season as head coach at D&E, Coach
Stiles brings a passion for the sport and impressive playing and
coaching experience. “We are very fortunate to have Coach
Stiles join our coaching staff,” notes Athletic Director Ron
Palmer. “She brings a history of on-field achievements and
coaching success that will benefit both our softball program and
A former NCAA Division I catcher at the University of Pittsburgh and Big East Academic Honor student, Stiles’s most recent success was at Midwestern State where her team finished the 2010 season with a 54-10 record. In addition, the Mustangs were named Lone Star Conference Regular Season Champions and NCAA Division II South Central Regional Finalists. Stiles and the rest of the softball staff at Midwestern State were recently named South Central Region Coaching Staff of the Year by the National Fast Pitch Coaches Association.
A high honors student in both her undergraduate and graduate studies, Stiles earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science in Kinesiology/Sports Administration from Midwestern State University. As a member of the MSU faculty, she taught a variety of courses in the Department of Kinesiology.
Stiles competed for three seasons as catcher for the Pitt Panthers after earning a letter from the University of Vermont during her freshman year. In addition, she earned conference academic honors from the Big East and America East in each of her four seasons of competition.
"I am excited and honored to accept this position at Davis & Elkins College,” Stiles said. “This is a great opportunity and I look forward to getting the team on the field.”
Commenting on the appointment, President G. T. “Buck” Smith noted, “We were looking for a person to serve as role model for the women in our softball program, a person with a stellar academic record as well as successful playing and coaching experience. We believe we found just such a person in Kimberly Stiles.”
During her undergraduate years, Stiles developed ski and snowboard camps for children. As with all members of the faculty and staff at D&E, part of her duties will include outreach to the larger community through softball clinics and camps for area youth.
Kristen Tunno was named the Davis & Elkins assistant coach in 2011 after an outstanding playing career at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. A four year starter for the Crimson Hawks, she was part of an NCAA Division II bid to the World Series. In addition, the Crimson Hawks were named PSAC Conference Champions and NCAA Division II Atlantic Super Regional Champions.
Tunno was a three-time All-PSAC Central first team selection in 2009, 2010 and 2011. In addition, she was a member of the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region team in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Tunno owns the IUP career batting average hitting .370 and ranks second in career hits with 192. She is also listed in the top ten in a number of other IUP career records, including seventh in games played (165), fourth in at bats (519), seventh in runs batted in (88) and sixth in doubles (30).
Tunno earned her bachelor’s degree in Sports & Business Administration from IUP in the Spring of 2011. A native of Seaford, VA, Tunno graduated from Grafton High School in 2007 where she was named first team all-state in both softball and volleyball.