Stevenson hires alum Alex Vikartofsky as new head softball coach

Alex Vikartofsky, Stevenson High School's new softball program head coach.
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Stevenson High School has announced the hiring of alum Alex Vikartofsky as the head of the Patriot’s softball program. Read on for details.

LINCOLNSHIRE — Alex Vikartofsky, one of the top pitchers in Stevenson High School softball history, has been chosen to lead the program. She replaces her former coach, Larry Friedrichs, who finished his 27-year SHS career with a record of 515-379-4.

Vikartofsky served as Stevenson’s junior varsity coach in 2014, after spending the previous three seasons as an assistant varsity coach at two Ohio high schools, Middletown and Colerain. She also has been a coach in the Lake County Fastpitch Softball Association since 2007, as well as a private instructor since 2010. Vikartofsky also spent the 2012 season as a player-coach with the Therwil Flyers in Basel, Switzerland, helping to introduce the sport to that country.

“We’re very pleased and excited to introduce Alex Vikartofsky as the next head softball coach,” said Athletic Director Trish Betthauser. “She brings a strong level of experience and expertise after having coached and played with many different organizations. She loves to teach the game of softball and help players achieve their personal and team goals.”

Vikartofsky played three seasons on the SHS varsity, 2004 through 2006, finishing her Patriot career second all-time in victories (41), shutouts (18) and earned run average (0.75). Her senior season in 2006 was one of the best in school history: She won 23 games – 10 by shutout — with a 0.32 ERA and 246 strikeouts in 177 innings as Stevenson hit the 30-victory mark (30-8) for the only time in program history.

After high school, Vikartofsky pitched one season for Miami University in Oxford, Ohio before suffering a career-ending injury. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Miami.

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