Hempfield catcher Emma Hoffner picks Ohio
Monday, October 21, 2019 | 12:01 PM
Emma Hoffner is a junior at Hempfield, but she already has been through the college recruiting process twice.
The softball catcher committed to St. Francis (Pa.) last year, but a coaching change prompted her to decommit and open her recruitment.
In the meantime, other schools entered the picture after following her travel ball career. After taking a few visits, Hoffner found a program she liked and made a verbal commitment Sunday night to Ohio University.
She also considered offers from Robert Morris, Lehigh and Bucknell.
“After going to Ohio U, I knew that I didn’t need to go to any other schools,” Hoffner said. “The philosophies that the coaches have and just the coaches in general are incredible. The school is beautiful, and I can truly see myself there.”
An all-state player, Hoffner has been a key part of Hempfield’s championship runs of the past few seasons. The Spartans have won five straight WPIAL championships and own a PIAA three-peat (2016, ’17, ’18)
Last year, she hit a team-leading .519 with 10 doubles and 27 RBIs. Hempfield was stopped short in the state semifinals.
New NCAA rules, which went into effect last spring, prevent student-athletes from taking official visits or having contact with college coaches until Sept. 1 of their junior year.
Hoffner visited Ohio last month.
“It was a very stressful and exciting experience to go through,” she said. “I visited some amazing schools with great coaching staffs, but Ohio U truly stuck out to me. I knew on the car ride home from that visit that I loved it there and wanted to be a part of a place like that.”
Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Bill by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .