Ferris State University softball head coach Sarah Rotta bolstered her coaching staff in preparation for the upcoming 2015 campaign.
Rotta appointed Kristine Dolunt, who most recently served as a volunteer assistant coach at FSU last spring, as the school's first-ever part-time assistant coach.
"I'm thrilled to add Kristine as our first paid assistant coach and believe she'll do an outstanding job as we continue to build a championship program," said Rotta.
Dolunt, who will coach the outfielders, played collegiate softball as a three-year letterwinner under Rotta at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. The three-time Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Champions of Character Award recipient was a two-time team captain and later served as an assistant coach at Michigan-Dearborn from 2011-13, assisting with fundamentals, leadership, fundraising, recruiting and more.
During her time on the Bulldog staff last spring, Dolunt helped organize camps, coordinated travel, assisted with skill development and game strategy while also helping manage the budget among other duties.
"I'm excited to be able to continue on Coach Rotta's staff in this role," said Dolunt. "Last spring was a great learning experience and I'm looking forward to the opportunity."
Dolunt earned her bachelor's degree from Michigan-Dearborn in communications and psychology and is currently pursuing a master's degree in athletic administration and coaching from Concordia University-Irvine (Calif.). Besides her time as a collegiate coach, she's also served as an instructor at the Team USA Softball Camp in Allen Park and previously was a middle school basketball coach. She also was an athletics department intern at Michigan-Dearborn and worked as a stand lead at Ford Field.
The daughter of Steve and Diane Dolunt, Kristine was a four-year letterwinner in basketball and softball at Cabrini High School in Allen Park. The Dearborn native helped lead her prep team to back-to-back state championships and was a two-time all-state and all-metro honoree in addition to earning all-conference and all-catholic league recognition multiple times.