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Melissa Fracker Already Feeling At Home with Yellowjackets

Updated: June 30, 2020 07:01 PM

Wisconsin is a ways away from Connecticut, but Melissa Fracker said she's had nothing short of a warm welcome to the Superior community.

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Last week, Fracker was named the new University of Wisconsin-Superior (UWS) softball head coach taking over for Nick Bursik who served as the interim for the past two seasons. Fracker said on her drive in she knew this was a place she could call her new home.

"With COVID, everything was done through Zoom. I hadn't been in the local community. I hadn't been to campus and get to meet Nick and everyone else here until this visit, so I'm very thankful to be here. I'm so ready for something new and I think that this is the place to start something new. Especially being the family atmosphere and already feeling support from everybody," said Fracker.

Fracker joins UWS after serving as an assistant coach at Western Connecticut State University since 2013. During her time coaching, she helped WCSU win a pair of Little East Conference championships and earn two NCAA appearances. She also played for the Colonials for four years.

Fracker is set to join the Yellowjackets this fall which will mark her first head coaching college gig. She's coached a youth team for about eight years.

"I've been involved in softball my whole life, but as I started to wind down as a college athlete, you know I started to think about the next step. I didn't want to give up softball, so the next step would be coaching. I finally felt comfortable to expand out and be a head coach and here I am," she added.

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