Bob Horner begins his first season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the NIACC softball team under head coach Dan Gratz.
Horner, who is also the head softball coach at Mason City High, is a member of the Iowa High School Athletic Association coaches hall of fame and is also a member of the Upper Iowa University hall of fame.
Horner was the head boys basketball coach at Mason City from 1987 to 2003 where he guided the Mohawks to six state tournament appearances, including state titles in 1996 and 1997. He also served as the Mohawks' head baseball coach for four seasons.
Horner also served as the Mohawks' head softball coach in 2004-05 and also spent time on the Mohawk football coaching staff as an assistant coach.
Horner, who is originally from Lakewood, N.J., played football, basketball and baseball at Mason City Junior College from 1965-67.
He was an assistant football coach at NIACC in 1974. He was an assistant football, basketball and baseball coach at West Hancock from 1976-78.
At West Bend from 1978-81, Horner was the head boys basketball, football and baseball coach.
At Lake Mills from 1981-87, Horner was the school's athletic director, head boys basketball, baseball and assistant football coach.
Horner is married to Bev Horner and has four children and seven grandchildren.
Jamie (Fisher) Kruger is in her first season as the pitching coach for the NIACC softball team.
Kruger, who pitched at BCLUW, was inducted into the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union softball hall of fame in 2016.
Kruger is one of 37 pitchers in Iowa softball history to accumulate 150 wins from the pitching circle and led her team to two state titles in 2009 and 2010. She finished her prep career with a 150-15 record, piling up 1,796 strikeouts in 1,098 innings while never posting a single-season ERA greater than 0.79 in five years at BCLUW.
In BCLUW’s consecutive state tournament title runs, Kruger pitched all 42 innings in Fort Dodge and allowed only one run while striking out 75 in six games.
She was the 2010 Gatorade Iowa Softball Player of the Year, an Elite All-State selection in 2009 and three-time first-team all-stater. She also batted .374 over the course of her BCLUW softball career with 17 home runs.
Fisher’s softball career continued after her playing days at BCLUW with a four-year stint as a pitcher at Northern Iowa. She earned Missouri Valley Conference and Rookie of the Year honors in 2011, second-team all-MVC once and first-team honors three times. She was the league’s Pitcher of the Year in 2012, the MVC Tournament MVP in 2013 and a first-team academic all-conference recipient three times. UNI advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2013 as well.
Halie Greenwood begins her first year as assistant coach and operations director and fundraising coordinator for the NIACC softball program.
Greenwood, a 2017 Central College graduate with a a major in business management with a marketing emphasis, is also the head junior varsity and assistant varsity softbll coach as Mason City High School.
Greenwood, who graduated from Mason City High School in 2013, played softball at NIACC in the 2014-15 seasons. She was a member of the all-NIACC academic team in 2014-15. She won the NIACC scholar athlete award athlete award (2014-15) and won the NIACC athletics academic excellent award (2014-15).
Greenwood also was on the student-athlete advisory committee in 2014-15 and won the Pathways to Success Leadership Award (2015).
Fisher set the single-season wins mark as a junior, going 22-15, and holds the Panthers’ career records with 767 strikeouts and 97 complete games. She is second in the school’s record books with 21 career shutouts.