|Title:||Head Coach/Assistant Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator/Compliance Coordinator|
Kathy Kroupa finished her 11th season as Susquehanna
University's head softball coach in 2013, the winningest season in
Kroupa guided the Crusaders to a program-record 40 wins, the team's first-ever Landmark Conference title, a NCAA Tournament appearance and three wins in said NCAA Tournament. Kroupa and her assistants were subsequently named the Landmark Conference Coaching Staff of the Year.
She has posted a 244-149-1 record during her tenure at Susquehanna, including winning seasons in eight out of the last nine years, and surpassed the 300-career win mark in 2013.
The 2013 NCAA Tournament appearance was the second in team
history as the 2010 squad received an at-large bid to the NCAA
Division III championships after a second straight runner-up
performance in the Landmark playoffs.
A native of Weston, Conn., Kroupa was a four-year starter at first base for Gettysburg College from 1992 to 1995, earning first-team Centennial Conference honors as a senior. She also started at goalkeeper for the Gettysburg women's soccer team and still holds school records for career wins (44), shutouts (26), save percentage (.842), saves (420) and saves per game (6.46).
She served as head softball coach at Rosemont College during the 1997 and 1998 seasons before becoming head coach at Franklin & Marshall College in the fall of 1998.
Kroupa improved Rosemont's 1-20 record in 1997 to a 23-13 record the very next year.
In three seasons at Franklin & Marshall, she posted a 38-46 record before stepping down in July 2001.
In addition to her softball duties, Kroupa was the head women's soccer coach at SU froom 2006-10, leading the school to another Landmark Coaching Staff of the Year award in 2009.
She also serves as Susquehanna Athletics' Senior Woman Administrator, an advocate for the university's Sexual Assault Student Support Program, a member of SU's Bias Response and Education Team and a coordinator for the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program.
After graduating from Gettysburg in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in psychology, Kroupa earned a master's degree in counseling psychology from Radford University in 1998.
Tara Emery finished her fifth season as an assistant softball
coach for the Crusaders in 2013, a season in which SU won a
program-record 40 games.
Emery played softball at NCAA Division II Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania from 2005 to 2007. She graduated from Bloomsburg in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in communication studies.
In 2005, she helped Bloomsburg to a Mid-Atlantic Region championship and a tie for fifth place nationally. She led the team with a .408 batting average that season, as the Huskies posted a 45-10 record. She registered a batting average of .361 and a fielding percentage of .917 during her career. Emery has instructed at several hitting clinics conducted by Bloomsburg. She resides in Sunbury, Pa.
Luke Wesneski finished his third season as an assistant coach
with the Susquehanna softball team in 2013, a season in which the
Crusaders earned Landmark Conference Coaching Staff of the Year
honors after the winningest season in program history.
Wesneski previous spent eight seasons as a high school head softball coach at both Canton and Williamsport High Schools. Under his guidance, those teams combined for one District IV championship, two runner up finishes, a league championship and appearances in two state tournaments.
Wesneski also managed and played competitive men's fast pitch for 10 years. He has worked as an instructor at hitting clinics and camps and developed and managed two different ASA organizations.
Wesneski hold bachelors degrees from Lycoming College and Lock Haven University and a Masters degree from Wilkes University. He is currently employed by Susquehanna as an academic specialist and resides in Williamsport, Pa.