Former Central Michigan standout Brittini Merchant joined the Central Michigan softball coach staff as an assistant in August, 2019.
Merchant was a two-time All-Mid-American Conference selection while playing middle infield at CMU from 2008-11. She works with Chippewa hitters and outfielders.
A native of Wayland, Merchant served from 2017-19 as an assistant at Davenport under current Chippewa coach McCall Salmon. Merchant joined Salmon to second-place finishes in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in both 2018 and 2019, the school's first two seasons as an NCAA Division II program.
The pair led Davenport to an historic 2017 season which included the program's first NAIA World Series berth and a fifth-place finish.
Merchant began her coaching career as a volunteer assistant at Minnesota in 2012 before moving on to Northwestern, where she served in the same capacity. She served as an assistant at Southern Illinois Edwardsville in 2016. She also coached at Grand Rapids-based Elite Baseball and Softball from 2013-16.
Merchant was named to the All-MAC first team in 2011, her senior year, and was an all-conference second teamer and earned a spot on the league’s all-freshman squad in 2008. She earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree with a major in family studies and a minor in athletic coaching from CMU in 2011.
Sara Driesenga was named an assistant coach in the Central Michigan softball program in August, 2019, by coach McCall Salmon.
Driesenga is a native of Hudsonville who, in 2011, was named Michigan Miss Softball coming of Hudsonville High School. She leads the pitching staff and works with the hitters.
Driesenga was a standout at Michigan from 2012-16, compiling a 71-26 record with 10 saves and helping the Wolverines to six Big Ten championships, five regular-season crowns and one tournament title, and three Women’s College World Series appearances including a national runner-up finish in 2015.
Driesenga was a three-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Region selection and earned All-Big Ten honors three times. She was a four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and in 2016 was named to the Academic All-America squad. She played in 2016 for the Texas-based Scrap Yard Dawgs in the National Pro Fastpitch league.
She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Michigan. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in psychology, and she earned her master’s in social work. She has served as a volunteer assistant coach at Eastern Michigan and has coached at various clubs and camps.
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