Kimmy Hassel, a Bloomington-Normal native, graduated from Normal Community High School in 2009. A standout two sport athlete, Hassel was a three-year varsity softball starter and a four-year varsity basketball starter. She was the starting left fielder for the 2007 4A IHSA Softball State Championship team and went on to become a two time Big 12 All Conference Team member and was selected to the 2009 Chicago Tribune Super 60 Team. Hassel was a captain her senior year for both the varsity softball and basketball team.
Hassel played 13 years in the BNGSA organization. Her team won ASA Northern National Championships in 2004, 2006 and 2008, ASA State in 2010 and was the USSSA Women’s World Series Champions in 2012.
Hassel went on to attend the University of Saint Thomas (St Paul, MN) to play softball. The Tommies compiled a 160-30 (.842) record over her four years, won 4 regular season conference championships, won 4 conference playoff championships and were one win away from the World Series in three of her four years. As a three-year starter at second base, Hassel had break out junior and senior seasons. She was a two time All American (2012 and 2013), a Capital One Academic All American (2013) and Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year (2012). In 2012 and 2013 she was also a first time all-region member, NFCA scholar-athlete and first team all conference member. She had a .400 career batting average while batting .517 with runners in scoring position.
Hassel graduated from Saint Thomas with Cum Laude honors in 2014 with a double major in secondary education and family and consumer sciences. She has a coaching experience at the junior high, high school, travel and college level. She is currently an assistant coach for the BNGSA Avanti’s Angels who won ASA and USSSA state championships and finished 17th at ASA Nationals in 2016.