Coaching Staff:

Tom Riepenhoff – Director of Coaching and Player Development

Tom Riepenhoff has been the assistant coach at the University of Northwestern Ohio for 7 years.   Under Coach Riepenhoff, who works primarily with the hitters, the Racers have the top batting average in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference over the last six seasons.

Prior to UNOH, Riepenhoff accumulated 15 years of interscholastic coaching experience, including serving as the head softball coach at Lima Central Catholic High School for 11 seasons. He has also worked with many summer league teams and is a private hitting and pitching instructor.

Tom has officiated for over 35 years in both football and basketball.  He has worked at the NCAA Division I, II and III levels along with the NAIA in both sports. Presently, he works in the Big Ten Conference as a Center Judge in football. Tom officiated in the New Mexico Bowl (2009), the Music City Bowl (2011), the New Orleans Bowl (2013), the Armed Force Bowl (2014-16), the Las Vegas Bowl (2015) and the Independence Bowl (2017-18).

Coach Riepenhoff lives in Van Wert with his wife, Dr. Mary Riepenhoff. They have three children — Tracy (Coffman), Katherine (Parrish) and Caroline (Foster) — and have five grandchildren: Maria, Tommy, Livie, Lucy and Rylan.

Kelly Kirkpatrick – Asst. Director of Coaching and Player Development

Kelly Kirkpatrick has been an assistant coach at the University of Northwestern Ohio for three years.

In each of her previous two seasons as an assistant, UNOH has advanced to the championship game of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Tournament, with the Racers winning the crown in 2017-18 despite being the #4 seed.  That year saw Northwestern Ohio making its first-ever appearance in the NAIA Tournament in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Along with her duties as an assistant coach for the varsity squad, Kirkpatrick also serves as the head coach of the junior varsity team.

Prior to returning to UNOH, Kirkpatrick was a graduate assistant at the University of Rio Grande for two seasons, where she earned a master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Coaching and Leadership.  While at Rio Grande, her coaching responsibilities include working with both the infielders and outfielders, hitting and recruiting, as well as day-to-day office operations.

An outfielder for the Racers during the first two years of the program, Kirkpatrick batted .307 over 54 games during those two seasons, including .344 in 21 games in 2014.  She was selected to the WHAC Champions of Character Team in 2014 and to the conference’s All-Academic Team in 2015.

A native of Olmstead Falls, Ohio, Kirkpatrick was a four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs, serving as team captain her final two years.  An Honorable Mention All-Northeast Ohio honoree as a senior, she received First Team All-Southwestern Conference honors as a junior and senior and also won the Scholar-Athlete Award twice.