Steve Leverton to take over Heartland softball head coaching duties
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[October 04, 2013]
NORMAL -- Heartland Community
College head softball coach John Bassett has accepted a coaching
position at Indiana University--Purdue University Fort Wayne.
Three-year assistant coach Steve Leverton will assume the head
coaching duties for the Hawks, effective immediately.
Bassett, who began coaching at Heartland in 2010, posted a 144-48
overall record. He helped the Hawks capture three M-WAC conference
championships, securing the best record in Region 24 each of his
three seasons. He has coached five all-Americans, 10 all-region
players and 19 all-conference players.
substantially to our success over the past three years, and we
certainly wish him the best in this new chapter of his career," said
Nate Metzger, athletics director for the college.
"We're excited to have Steve step up and take the reins of this
nationally recognized program," Metzger continued. "This move will
provide some continuity and familiarity for our current team, and
help us evaluate the potential benefits for a longer-term
appointment -- if, of course, it makes sense for both coach Leverton
and for Heartland softball."
Leverton also has been with Heartland Community College for three
years and has more than 30 years of coaching experience overall. For
more than a decade, he's been with East Peoria Express Fastpitch,
coaching 10-and-under and 18-and-under teams. Through the years, he
has helped the Express teams win three national titles and five
state titles, and has helped them to numerous final four
appearances. Leverton also has helped develop numerous college
athletes along the way and takes great pride in helping those same
athletes settle into college, balancing academics and athletics
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Leverton is a lifelong resident of East Peoria and resides
there with his wife, Missy, and their five daughters. His
favorite pastime is coaching his daughters in softball or
basketball and being their biggest fan in the stands.
Heartland stormed onto the national softball scene in 2008,
earning a bid to the national championship tournament in its
inaugural year. In only the team's second year, the Hawks won the
National Junior College Athletic Association's Division II national
championship in 2009.
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