Flippen to Step Away from Utah Softball Program
SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Softball assistant coach Hannah Flippen has stepped away from the program to pursue future personal endeavors, head coach Amy Hogue announced.
"I am incredibly grateful for the opportunities that I have had at Utah," Flippen said. "The staff, department, campus and city are unmatched. It is the best place to be. I am lucky to call myself a Ute and be a part of this amazing program.
Thank you to Coach A for being a mentor to me while I was playing and during the beginning of my coaching career. It is very difficult to step back from this program and coaching the Utes but I am unbelievably excited to dive into my professional playing career and pour all of my heart into it. Thank you to the University of Utah and Utah Softball. I will miss it all so much but I will always be watching and cheering from the stands. Go Utes!"
"It is very difficult to try and sum up what Hannah has meant to our program in a few sentences," Hogue said. "She was an amazing student-athlete, a great coach and an even better human being. We have been blessed to have her as part of our program for the last six years. She represented the Utes extremely well in all kinds of different arenas.
Even though she will be missed tremendously, her impact has been great. She and her teammates elevated our program on the field and Hannah continued to move us upward when became an assistant coach. I am in full support of her decision to pursue her professional softball career. This will be a phenomenal experience for her to continue to play the game she loves and to spend this year training for the Olympics."
Flippen, a two-time Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year and member of the US National Softball Team is vying for a spot at the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics. She recently signed with Athletes Unlimited and will lay in its inaugural softball season, starting in late August.
The first three-time All-American in school history, Flippen led Utah to the NCAA Tournament three times, including back-to-back Super Regional appearances in 2016 and 2017. She set Utah's career records for runs, hits and batting average and was a four-time All-Pac-12 honoree. The second baseman became the first person in the history of the conference to win Pac-12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors in the same campaign ('17)
Flippen graduated from the U in 2017 with a 3.59 GPA in psychology and received a postgraduate scholarship from the Pac-12 to pursue her master's degree at Utah. A three-time Pac-12 All-Academic selection, she became Utah's first two-time Academic All-American and was a finalist for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year award after taking part in a number of social initiatives at Utah.