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Softball Coaches

Steve Leverton, Head Softball Coach
Coach Steve Leverton
Steve Leverton begins his third season as the head softball coach at Heartland Community College, having compiled a 66-38 record. Leverton has been a part of Heartland Community College softball for five years and brings more than 30 years of coaching experience to the team. Under Leverton, the HCC softball team won the MWAC Championship in both 2014 and 2015, while also being named an Academic All-American Team.

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.

Leverton's Heartland Record
Year Overall Conference Home
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
Coach Roger Graves

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
Coach Megan Rich

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
Coach Casey Jefferson
This is Casey Jefferson's first year as an assistant softball coach for the Heartland Hawks. Jefferson graduated from Normal West High School in Normal, Illinois in 2014, and moved onto playing and getting an education at Heartland Community College. She played for the Hawks from 2014-2016, and now she attends Illinois State University studying Parks and Recreation. 


Contact Us

Steve Leverton

Head Coach
Phone: 309-264-7255

Megan Rich

Assistant Coach

Joe Kingdon

Head Athletic Trainer
Phone: 309-661-0232

Dr. John Zozzaro

Team Chiropractic and Rehab Specialist
Phone: 309-862-2225