Betsy Hipple
Betsy Hipple
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 909-607-8613
Email: [email protected]
Year: 13th
Overall Record: 340-174-1, .661
SCIAC Record: 199-81, .711
College: Northeastern University
Office Location: Roberts Pavilion - 236

Coach Betsy Hipple begins her 13th season as Head Coach of the CMS Athenas in the 2017-18 academic year.  Starting with her inaugural 2006 campaign, she quickly built the program into a perennial SCIAC contender. 

2008: CMS takes a shot at first place into the last weekend of play, ultimately finishing second in conference.
2009: CMS advances to the NCAA Championships for the first time in program history.
  • CMS wins their first SCIAC Championship in eleven years and returns to the NCAA Championships where they win their first National Championship tournament game in program history.
  • Harmony Palmer earns First Team All-American Honors, a first in program history.  Palmer is also named Player of the Year in conference.
  • CMS wins a second consecutive SCIAC Championship (fifth in program history) and returns to the NCAA Championships, where they earn their first elimination victory and oust the reigning 2010 national champions. 
  • Eight CMS players earn ALL-SCIAC awards, a program record.
  • CMS ranks #6 among Top Ten All Academic Teams, the only team to also win a conference championship.
  • Ten Athenas receive NFCA Scholar-Athlete Awards for the 2010-2011 year, a program record.
  • CMS wins their first SCIAC Tournament title and advances to the NCAA Championships for the fourth straight season.
  • Six players earn All-SCIAC awards including Rookie of the Year (Hayley Schultz).
  • Four players earn All-Region awards.
  • Four-year shortstop Emily Lopez is voted Claremont McKenna College Female Athlete of the Year
  • CMS wins their second SCIAC Tournament title and advances to the NCAA Championships for the fifth straight season.
  • Seven players earn All-SCIAC awards including Rookie of the Year (Katie Savard)
  • Four players earn All-Region awards
  • Harmony Palmer earns First Team All-American award for the second time in her career
  • Harmony Palmer earns First Team Academic All-American Honors
  • Four-year infielder Harmony Palmer is voted Claremont McKenna College Female Athlete of the Year
  • Hayley Schultz is number three in Division III in victories, with a 26-5 record on the year.
  • CMS wins their third straight SCIAC Tournament title and advances to the NCAA Championships for the sixth straight season
  • CMS wins their first Regional title with a 3-0 record
  • Tara Robinson is named SCIAC Athlete of the Year
  • Kaylilani Minami is named SCIAC Rookie of the Year
  • CMS earns second place in the SCIAC standings and in the SCIAC Tournament
  • Tara Robinson is named SCIAC Player of the Year for the second consecutive year
  • Tara Robinson is named First Team All-Region
  • CMS wins their fourth SCIAC Tournament title (4th in 5 year span) and advances to the NCAA Championships for the seventh time in 8 years.
  • CMS earns second place in SCIAC standings with 24-4 conference record.
  • CMS sets school record for most wins (37) 
  • Anna Gurr is named SCIAC Pitcher of the Year.
  • Seven players earn All-SCIAC awards
  • Two players earn All-Region awards.
  • Anna Gurr earns Third Team All-American award. 
  • Four –year standout Tara Robinson is named Claremont McKenna College Female Athlete of the Year.
  • Anna Gurr is nationally ranked #5 in Shutouts, #11 in victories.

Hipple came to CMS from Hunter College, City University of New York.  In five seasons there, she led the team to three CUNYAC titles ('02, '03, '05), three CUNYAC tournament titles ('01, '02, '03) and into the NCAA Championships three times ('01, '02, '03). She was named CUNYAC Coach of the Year three times ('01, '02, '03).  She coached multiple all conference players, pitchers of the year, and players of the year.  These accomplishments are of particular note given that Hunter College did not have a home field for either practice or competition.  All training was done in a gym and a local City of New York field was used to host teams from out of town. 

Coach Hipple is an avid student of the game. She attends camps, clinics, and workshops whenever possible and has earned the highest rank of 4-star Master Coach, completing the entire NFCC Master Coach Program.  The NFCC (National Fastpitch Coaches College) master coach program offers an eight course, ½-star per course progression for softball coaches examining all facets of the game under the guidance of the most successful coaches in the sport.  

Coach Hipple and the Athenas share their knowledge and love of the game with local youth teams during clinics they offer throughout the year to serve the community.  Remembering how they felt watching "the big girls" play, the Athenas bring a huge enthusiasm to these clinics teaching and bonding with their young trainees. 

Prior to entering collegiate coaching, Hipple led Outward Bound courses with adjudicated and at-risk youth for almost ten years.  An outgrowth of this work led her to corporate leadership consulting for several years before attending graduate school at the University of Utah.  Master's degree in hand, Hipple left to fulfill another lifelong dream and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer for two and a half years in Malawi, Africa. 

A native of Gainesville, Florida, Hipple started her coaching career with a 12U basketball team in a local church league.  Coaching highlights since then have been many.  Among the most memorable was organizing an all-day practice session for the 2004 U.S. Olympic softball team during the ‘Aiming to Athens' tour. Along these lines, Coach Hipple was honored to host a practice for the University of Michigan team in 2015 on the Athenas' field. It was a privilege and a great joy to watch coaching legend Carol Hutchings and her squad up close.

In addition to coaching the softball team, Hipple is an Associate Professor of Physical Education at CMS and teaches two Physical Education courses each fall.  She also serves on various committees as requested, currently participating on the Personal & Social Responsibility: Sexual Assault & Title IX subcommittee.

Coach Hipple lives in Claremont.  She moved her mother from Knoxville, TN to Claremont in 2007 and took care of her during a tragic decline due to dementia.  Marjorie Hipple died in April, 2014.  Coach Hipple’s niece, Samantha Steitz, is a 2011 Scripps College graduate majoring in Piano Performance. Since graduation, Samantha started her own Piano Studio (Suzuki Method) in Pasadena.  One of her nephews, Jeffrey Steitz, is a 2013 Claremont McKenna College graduate, dual majoring in Econ-Accounting at CMC and Piano Performance at Scripps.  Since graduation, Jeffrey started the global t-shirt company, Serengetee.  Her youngest nephew, Maxwell Steitz, is a graduate from the Lab School in New York City and will be a sophomore at Tulane University in the fall of 2017 after taking a gap year to travel around the world.