Steve Leverton, Head Softball Coach
While at Heartland, Leverton has coached:
six All-Region players
one Region Player of the Year and one Region Pitcher of the Year
one First Team All-American and one Second Team All-American
eight First Team All-Conference players and four Second Team All-Conference players
one MWAC Player of the Year, one MWAC Pitcher of the Year and one MWAC Freshman of the Year
14 Academic All-Conference and three Academic All-American players
For more than a decade, Leverton coached the East Peoria Express, where his teams won three national titles, five state titles, and numerous final four appearances in tournaments throughout five states. Over his 30 years of coaching, Leverton has guided the development of numerous college athletes, teaching them to balance their academic and athletic responsibilities successfully. He currently coaches an independent girls’ fast pitch 16U team.
Leverton is a lifelong resident of East Peoria and enjoys spending time with his wife Missy and their six children.
|2014||35-21 (.625)||22-6 (.785)||12-4 (.750)|
|2015||30-17 (.638)||17-7 (708)||11-5 (.687)|
|TOTAL||65-38 (.631)||39-13 (.750)||23-9 (.718)|
Rodger Graves, Assistant Softball Coach
Rodger Graves is in his first year coaching at Heartland Community College with the Lady Hawks Softball team. Coach Graves' primary responsibilities will include working with the Hawks' pitchers and catchers. He comes with several years coaching experience in girls' fastpitch. He has coached in the East Peoria Express Fastpitch organization for the last 8 years, helping lead the Express to 3 State Championships and 1 National Championship.
Graves has been instrumental in the overall development of many players and has also facilitated many players to earn college scholarships.
When not on the softball diamond Graves enjoys spending time with his family. He was born and raised in Peoria and now resides in East Peoria with his wife Dana and their two daughters and son.
Megan Rich, Assistant Softball Coach
Megan Rich is in her sixth season as an assistant coach at Heartland Community College. Rich graduated from Olympia High School in 2004 and earned a full scholarship to Olney Central College, graduating in 2006. She continued her education on a softball scholarship at Robert Morris University in Springfield.
Rich earned a bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in management. In addition to her coaching duties, Meghan is pursuing a degree in nursing at Heartland.
Casey Jefferson, Assistant Softball Coach