Head Coach Leigh Ebner
Ebner begins her ninth season as the head coach of the Lady Rebels' softball program. Her teams in the past have been well-rounded; performing well not only on the field, but also in the classroom.
Her 2009-10 team was All-Academic with one Academic All-American. Five Lady Rebels were named to the NTJCAC All-Academic Team. The 2008-09 team was All-Academic and ranked 59th in the nation for GPA. In her 2007-08 season, she produced three Academic All-Americans, one Distinguished Academic All-American and All-Academic Honors for the team. The Lady Rebels had eight athletes named to the NTJCAC All-American Team.
Ebner's playing experience dates back to 1996 when she pitched for Ranger College while earning her associate's degree. From there, she moved to Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla., where she pitched for two more years.
She earned her Bachelor of Science degree and received her master's degree in education from Tarleton State University. Prior to her tenure at Hill, Ebner spent five years as the head coach at Ranger College.
She is a native of Santa Fe, Texas, and currently resides in Hillsboro with her husband, Ryan, and their son, Easton.
Assistant Coach Taylor Hodge
Hodge enters her first season assistant coach for Hill.
Hodge played two seasons at Texarkana College where she was third baseman, first baseman and pitcher under Leslie Messina from 2008-10. She was named pitcher of the week twice for the Lady Bulldogs.
From 2010-12, Hodge played two seasons as first baseman and pitcher at Texas Wesleyan University under Shannon Gower. As a senior captain, she helped the team to a Red River Athletic Conference Championship and National Qualifiers with a record of 20-4. She received RRAC pitcher of the week twice while attending Texas Wesleyan.
Hodge has also been a pitching coach for fastpitch softball for three years, working with girls ranging in age from 10-18. For more information about the Lady Rebel Softball program or inquiring about pitching lessons, contact Hodge at firstname.lastname@example.org.