Junior Brianna Copeland was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week as the Hoosiers advanced to 8-2 on the season.
Team 51’s dominant wins result in the D1 Softball Top 25 rankings at 21.
The Hoosiers finished with a 44-18 record while going 18-5 in Big Ten play in 2023.
The duo combined for 26 home runs and 101 runs batted in last season.
A student-athlete must maintain a 3.5 GPA throughout the academic year in order to qualify for the award.
Kirkhoff was an assistant for the last two seasons at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.
Former Indiana softball pitcher Kate Rehberg transfers to University of Northern Colorado as graduate
Rehberg appeared in 14 games in four seasons with the Hoosiers.
The group is among 10 finalists for the National Coaching Staff of the Year award.
Elle Smith and Kate Rehberg are the second and third members of Team 50 to put their names in the portal.
Kern was a consensus All-American after a record-breaking freshman season with the Hoosiers.