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Nikki Palmer Named Head Softball Coach at Utah Valley
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OREM, Utah – Utah Valley University has announced the hiring of Nikki Palmer as the new head coach of Wolverine softball. Palmer becomes the third softball head coach in UVU's Division I history.
 
Palmer comes to UVU with an already established familiarity with the state of Utah and its softball circles. For the last two seasons, she has been an assistant coach at Weber State, which was preceded by a year in the same position at Utah State. In 2012, her first with WSU, she helped lead the Wildcats to a tie for second place in the Mountain Division of the Pacific Coast Softball Conference – one the best seasons in program history.
 
With WSU, Palmer was directly responsible for developing the Wildcat offense, creating independent hitting drills for the team. As such, she had a hand in the development of 2012's PCSC Mountain Division Player of the Year, Lyndsey Minnich. Third-best in the league, Minnich batted .453 in conference-only play, including a slugging percentage of .830 and a .613 on-base percentage.

With USU in 2011, she worked primarily with the outfield and also held responsibilities in establishing a recruiting system and database – laying the groundwork for her future recruiting endeavors at Weber State and, now, at Utah Valley.

Prior to her time in Logan, Palmer held two other assistant coaching stints. She spent two years with San Francisco State and another with her alma mater,  UC San Diego, helping the Tritons reach the West Regional of the 2008 NCAA Division II tournament.

A native of Temecula, Calif., Palmer played four seasons at UCSD. She started 146 of the 158 games she appeared in during her career, playing primarily at catcher. She graduated in 2007 with a degree in sociology and earned a master's degree from National University in 2010.

UVU softball went 35-20 last season, setting a program record for wins for the second consecutive year. That team finished third in the PCSC standings and produced seven all-conference performers, four of whom will return for the 2014 season.
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