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UVU softball: former BYU ace McKenna Bull to join UVU's coaching staff

Utah Valley University head softball coach TJ Hubbard announced on Monday that former BYU pitching ace McKenna Bull will join his coaching staff as an assistant coach for the 2017-18 season.

"We are excited to announce the addition of McKenna to our coaching staff. She has established herself as a proven winner at the highest levels of college softball," Hubbard said. "Her passion for the game, determined work ethic and intense competitiveness will certainly elevate our pitchers and this program to new levels."

Bull dominated in the circle during her standout career for the Cougars where she was named a four-time NFCA All-Region recipient, a three-time WCC Pitcher of the Year and a 2017 NFCA All-American. She also holds numerous school records at Brigham Young University, including being the school's all-time leader in career wins (107), complete games (95), shutouts (33), saves (13), innings pitched (908.2) and strikeouts (978).

The former Cougar right-hander was also tabbed the West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week an impressive 17 times during her distinguished collegiate career, and she managed to string together a BYU record of 57.2 straight scoreless innings during her senior campaign. She also pitched a trio of no-hitters during her career against San José State, UC Santa Barbara and UVU.

Bull led her squad to four-straight West Coast Conference titles during her career, as well as four-consecutive NCAA Regional appearances. She also set multiple single-season school records for BYU, including in ERA (1.37), wins (34), complete games (31), shutouts (12), saves (seven), innings pitched (263.2) and strikeouts (286).

"I am very excited to be coaching at UVU. It is such an amazing program and I feel very lucky to be a part of it," said Bull. "I hope to be able to bring a significant amount of pitching knowledge to both the players and the staff, and I'm also looking forward to learning a lot about the game as a whole."

Bull will earn her bachelor's degree in family services from BYU in December and hails from Ogden, Utah, where she was a star softball player at Weber High School.

Bull joins Krystin Jachim on Hubbard's 2017-18 staff as assistant coaches, as well as fellow coaching newcomers and former Wolverine standouts Brittney Vansway and Courtney Beavers as respective volunteer and student assistants. Mariah Shepherd rounds out Hubbard's 2017-18 staff, as the former Oklahoma Wesleyan University star joins UVU softball's staff as its director of operations.

James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit