Elle Fracker enters her second year at the helm of the D&E softball program in 2021-22.
She posted 11 wins in her first season at the helm, including an exciting 5-2 triumph to end the home slate of the 2021 campaign. Fracker worked with All-MEC Second Team honoree Lilly Saucedo, who capped her freshman season with a .356 batting average and seven home runs.
A former student-athlete at the DI level with coaching experience at DI, DII, DIII and NAIA institutions, Fracker becomes the 13th head coach in program history. Fracker arrives in Elkins following nearly one year as the recruiting coordinator for USA Athletes International in Colorado, where she was responsible for recruiting coaches and players to play their sport internationally.
Fracker previously spent the 2015-19 seasons as the head softball coach at Fort Lewis, where she coached the program’s first All-American and helped the team maintain a grade point average over 3.3 each semester. Fracker oversaw all aspects of the Skyhawks program, including budget management, scheduling, practice planning, recruiting, community service and camps/clinics.
Fracker was an assistant coach at Valley City State in North Dakota from 2012-13 before becoming its head coach in August 2013. She guided the Vikings to the program’s first regular-season championship in 24 years in her first season at the helm, while also overseeing the Valley City State student-athlete advisory committee (SAAC) and implementing it for the first time in department history.
Fracker earned Coach of the Year accolades at VCSU from the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) in 2013. She also held positions as an assistant coach at Drexel (2008-10) and an assistant coach/resident liaison Oberlin (2010-11) before arriving at VCSU.
Fracker was a four-year letter winner in softball at Indiana State as the team’s primary catcher for three seasons before graduating with a bachelor’s degree in recreation and sports management in 2008. She interned with the Philadelphia Force, a women’s professional softball team in Allentown, Pa., in 2008, where she worked closely with the team’s owner and general manager.
2019-20: Recruiting Coordinator, USA Athletes International
2015-19: Head Softball Coach, Fort Lewis College
2013-15: Head Coach, Valley City State
2012-13: Assistant Coach, Valley City State
2010-11: Assistant Coach/Resident Liaison, Oberlin
2008-10: Assistant Coach, Drexel
2008: Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Sports Management, Indiana State