April (Huddleston) Rosales | Head Coach
Former Hornet April Rosales is the tenth head coach of the Hornet softball program.
Rosales is in her fourth season as head coach at Emporia State, holding a 85-89 overall record, 38-40 in the MIAA after taking over in November of 2015 with no seniors on the team.
In 2018, Rosales led the Hornets to the MIAA Tournament championship and her first trip to the NCAA Central Regional Tournament as head coach. The Hornets finished the regular season on a nine game winning streak and extended that to a 12 game streak in the MIAA Tournament. Emporia State advanced to the Central Regional championship game against Minnesota-Duluth.
In her first year at the helm, Rosales had five Hornets named to the Honorable Mention All-MIAA, four on the MIAA Academic Honor Roll and two two MIAA Scholar-Athletes.
"This program has been a part of my life for the last decade and I can't wait to take the next step in my coaching career at my alma mater," said Rosales. "Hornet softball is more than just a program, it's a family and a tradition. The blood, sweat, and tears past players and coaches have put forth won't be lost and I look forward to continuing the success and building on it for years to come."
Rosales spent seven seasons as an assistant with the Hornets and has served as a Graduate Recruitment and Grant Development Specialist for the Graduate School at Emporia State in 2015. She assisted in all facets of the Hornet softball program under both coach Kristi Bredbenner and Julie LeMaire after her all-conference playing career at Emporia State.
"When this position opened, I felt the time was right to look at our former softball student-athletes, those who built the program into what it is today, those who have invested some sweat equity, if you will," said Weiser. "April Rosales exemplifies the hard work and passion for Emporia State Softball that sets the program apart from others."
Rosales was a member of both the Lady Hornets national runner-up teams. She hit .324 with 30 RBI and played nearly every game at shortstop during the 2008 season as the Hornets advanced to the NCAA Division II National Championship game. She was named First Team All-MIAA at shortstop after batting .512 in conference action with 13 RBI and was stellar in the field as well with just three errors in 56 chances. In her junior year with the Hornets, Rosales was fifth in the MIAA in on-base percentage at .471 on the season, hit .336 with four home runs and 30 RBI and was ranked ninth in the nation in hit by pitch with 16 on the year. Originally recruited by former Hornet and current Iowa State coach Stacy Gemeinhardt, Rosales redshirted during the 2006 season with the Hornets due to three knee surgeries. She played a vital role in the dugout as the Lady Hornets went 62-7 on the year and finished second in the nation.
"I firmly believe April Rosales has the skill, talent, and dedication needed to help our program maintain its championship level, and to help us reach even greater heights," said Weiser.
She is a 2005 graduate of Johnson County Community College. In her two years there, she earned all-region and all-district honors and twice led the Cavaliers to the post-season. She batted .452, slugged .661 with a .567 on-base percentage over the course of her career. Rosales was also a NFCA All-Academic performer.
"I would like to thank Kent Weiser for this opportunity and am excited to be back in the Hornet athletics family on a full-time basis," said Rosales. "I would also like to thank Julie LeMaire for our time spent together as a staff while she led the Lady Hornets and wish her the best of luck."
A 2003 graduate of Jefferson West HS she led the Tigers in nearly every offensive category and was a team captain her junior and senior years.
Linda Passmore | Assistant Coach
Linda (Ketter) Passmore begins her fourth year as an assistant coach with the Lady Hornets for the 2018-2019 season. Passmore is a familiar face for the program, as she played for the Hornets from 2006-10.
Passmore (Ketter) graduated in 2010 from Emporia State with a 3.83 GPA and Bachelor of Science degree in Math Education. She was selected as the Wal-Mart Without Peer Award recipient her senior year and was a member of ESPN The Magazine’s Academic All-District team, National Fastpitch Coaches Association Academic All-American, ESU’s Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, and MIAA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.
In her senior season, Ketter started all 64 games in left field and batted .355 with 6 home runs and 26 RBI. She was selected as a first-team All-MIAA outfielder, after starting at ESU as an infielder.
Ketter was also a member of the Lady Hornets NCAA Division II National Runner-Up team in 2008.
Her freshman year, she tied the MIAA record with the most RBIs in a single inning, when she hit two home runs in the same inning against Minnesota State-Crookston, for a total of 7 RBIs.
Ketter is formerly of Home, KS and graduated in 2006 from Marysville High School, where she lead the softball team in batting percentage and was a Team Captain her senior year.
Linda (Ketter) Passmore and her husband, Jason, reside outside of Emporia with their three daughters, Zoe, Mayah, and Ellen. Passmore also works full-time at Mike’s Sporting Goods in Emporia.
Courtney Medina | Graduate Assistant Coach
Medina is in her first year with the Hornets as a graduate assistant. She comes from Western Nebraska Community College, where she was an assistant coach last season. She is a graduate from both WNCC and Lubbock Christian University, where she was an All-Heartland, All-American outfielder.
2018: Medina was an All-Heartland second-team selection for outfield. She had a .403 on-base percentage and led the conference with 27 stolen bases.
2017: After transferring to Lubbock Christian University, Medina was an All-Heartland first-team conference selection as an outfielder. She was named conference Newcomer of the Year and was tied for 20th in the nation with .73 steals per game, at 37 steals on the season.
2016: Medina started all 66 games for WNCC in centerfield with a .984 fielding percentage and a .438 clip at the plate. She led the nation in plate appearances with 266, and finished fifth in the country in runs scored at 91 and stolen bases with 57. She was a first-team All-Region selection and a 3rd team NFCA All-American.
2015: Medina appeared in 57 games for the Cougars, all in outfield. She logged a .310 batting average with a .975 fielding percentage. She was named an NFCA All-Scholar Athlete.