LeMaire takes over ESU softball


Julie LeMaire will be the eighth head coach of the Hornet softball program.

Julie LeMaire"I’m very excited to be named the next head softball coach at Emporia State,” said LeMaire. “I look forward to continuing the rich tradition on the field and in the classroom that Coach (Kristi) Bredbenner has established.”

Bredbenner accepted the head coaching position at NCAA Division I Wichita State University, leaving ESU as the winningest coach in Hornet softball history. She compiled a record of 295-82 (.782) in her six seasons with the Hornets.

LeMaire just completed her third season as head coach at Ft. Hays State University and took the Tigers to the MIAA Tournament Championship game this past season.

LeMaire began her professional career at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., where she served as assistant coach for two years. Prior to her stint at Lynn, LeMaire served as a graduate assistant coach at the University of North Dakota. She also taught physical education courses while working towards the completion of a master’s degree.

A native of Basco, Ill., LeMaire earned a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Quincy in 2004 and earned a master’s degree in Kinesiology from North Dakota in 2007.

“I’m eager to share my energy and passion for the game to this talented group of young ladies,” said LeMaire.