Coaching Staff

Heather Han | Assistant Coach

Collegiate Coaching Experience:

  • September 2015-Present – Mercer University
    • Outfielders, Catchers and Hitting Coach
  • 2013-15 – Northern Illinois University
    • Assistant Coach
  • 2012 – University of Illinois at Chicago
    • Volunteer Assistant Coach
  • 2010-11 – Eastern Michigan
    • Assistant Coach
Coaching Accolades at Mercer:
  • 2018
    • Team finished 33-19 under her guidance, including a program-best 11-5 in Southern Conference action
    • Led Mercer in a 5-2 victory over No. 5 Georgia in Athens, Ga.
    • Guided Micayla Rood in becoming Mercer’s first-ever SoCon Freshman of the Year
    • Posted a program-record seven All-SoCon honors, including three on the SoCon All-Freshman team
    • Oversaw Caroline Taylor break the Mercer single-season home runs record (16), career record in home runs (47) and runs batted in (157)
  • 2017
    • Team finished 26-31, including a 4-0 shutout win over No. 12 James Madison
    • Bears finished 9-9 in SoCon action, advancing to the SoCon Tournament semifinals
    • Led the league with five All-SoCon selections, including two First Team honorees and three Second Team selections
    • Mentored Meghan Rud in being named All-South Region Third Team by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA)
  • 2016
    • Team finished 23-35 overall but placed third in SoCon Tournament
    • Mentored three All-SoCon selections, including two First Team selections; & two SoCon All-Freshman Team selections
    • Saw Natalie Shiver repeat as a CoSIDA Academic All-American
Education:
  • Eastern Michigan, 2011 (Sport Management)
  • Eastern Michigan, 2009 (Elementary Education)
 Collegiate Playing Experience/Accolades
  • 2006-09 – Eastern Michigan
    • 2009
      • Appeared in 51 games on the season, logging 50 starts on the campaign
      • Posted a career-best .302 batting average with 45 hits on the season
      • Ended the year with 15 extra-base hits, including nine doubles and five home runs
      • Concluded the season with 19 RBIs and 71 total bases
      • Finished her senior season with 169 put outs, 53 assists and a fielding percentage of .965
    • 2008
      • Started all 45 games behind the plate for the Eagles
      • Hit .244 with 10 doubles on the season
      • Totaled 17 RBIs, finishing second on the team
      • Led the team with four multi-RBI games
      • Posted a .978 fielding percentage, committing only five errors
      • Tied for the team-lead in walks with 18
    • 2007
      • One of four Eagles to start every game
      • Named MAC West Player of the Week on two occasions
      • Finished fourth on the team with a .269 batting average
      • Knocked in 27 runs, good for third on the team
      • Had 10 doubles and five long balls, totaling nine multi-RBI games and eight multi-hit games
      • Totaled 267 put outs and 36 assists on the campaign with a .987 fielding percentage
    • 2006
      • Named to the MAC All-Freshman team
      • Started 25 games at third base, nine at catcher and two in right field
      • First career home run was a walk off, a two-out, two-run blast in the bottom of the seventh inning giving the Eagles a 4-3 victory over Toledo
      • Knocked in a career-high three runs off a three-run homer in the second game of a doubleheader against Detroit
      • Combined 3-for-6 at the plate in a doubleheader against Notre Dame

Mollie Hanson | Assistant Coach

Collegiate Coaching Experience:

  • July 2017-Present – Mercer University
    • Pitching Coach
  • 2016-17 – Samford University
    • Graduate Assistant Coach
Coaching Accolades at Mercer:
 
  • 2018
    • Guided the Mercer pitching staff to a team ERA of 3.02, marking the best team ERA since 2014
    • Oversaw a starting pitching crew that accumulated 33 wins, 254 strikeouts and held opponents to a .228 batting average
    • Guided Stella Preston to being named to the 2018 All-Southern Conference Second Team
    • Led Jill McElderry to the SoCon Pitcher of the Week honors on March 5
    • The Bears led the conference in batters struck out looking with 91 under Hanson’s guidance
    • Under Hanson’s tutelage, Mercer led the conference in fewest hits allowed with 304
 
Education:
  • Samford University, 2017 (DEGREE)
  • Samford University, 2016 (DEGREE)
 Collegiate Playing Experience/Accolades
  • 2013-16 – Samford University
    • 2016
      • SoCon Pitcher of the Year
      • SoCon Tournament Most Valuable Player
      • NFCA South Region Third Team
      • All-SoCon First Team
      • No-hitter at UNCG (May 12 in SoCon Tournament)
      • Five-time SoCon Pitcher of the Week
      • Tied her own program single-season wins record with 23-10 record
      • .234 opposing batting average, 26 complete games, 136 strikeouts
    • 2015
      • All-SoCon Second Team
      • 19-12 record (39 appearances, 29 starts)
      • 194.2 innings pitched, 144 strikeouts, 19 complete games
    • 2014
      • All-SoCon First Team
      • SoCon Pitcher of the Month (April)
      • One-time SoCon Pitcher of the Week
      • Set program single-season wins record with 23-10 record
      • 21 complete games (26 starts in 40 appearances), 1.44 ERA
      • Career-best 166 strikeouts in 199.1 innings pitched
    • 2013
      • Team-leading 1.76 ERA
      • No-hitter at UNCG (March 10)
      • Started 14 games in 16 appearances
      • 102 strikeouts in 83.2 innings pitched