Head Coach Jennifer McFalls announced the addition of Laura Heberling as the new pitching coach for the Kansas Softball team on Dec. 21, 2023. An 18-year coaching veteran with various experiences, Heberling comes to KU from Maryland, where she served as the pitching coach in 2023.
Throughout her coaching career, Heberling has served as a head coach, associate head coach, assistant coach and student assistant. As the pitching coach at Maryland in 2023, Heberling helped lead the Terps to their best season since 2011 as they posted a 38-19 record. The pitching staff posted a 3.15 ERA and totaled 312 strikeouts.
At Maryland, Heberling coached freshman Keira Bucher, who led the nation in saves and holds the Big Ten single-season record with 12 saves. Two seniors on the team were named to All-Big Ten teams and received NFCA Midwest All-Region honors.
Before Maryland, Heberling served as the associate head coach at Utah State from 2020-22. In 2022, the Utah State pitching staff posted a 4.38 ERA, led by Kapri Toone. Toone earned Second-Team All-Mountain West Honors. That season, the Aggies finished with their second-highest conference record in program history. Heberling also spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Utah State before being promoted to associate head coach in 2020.
Prior to Utah State, Heberling was promoted to head coach at USC-Beaufort after serving as an assistant coach for two seasons. She was the head coach for five seasons from 2013-17 as she posted an overall record of 177-92, including a conference record of 55-38. As the head coach, Heberling coached 27 All-Sun Conference performers, two NAIA All-Americans, 12 Sun Conference All-Academic honorees, eight CSC Academic All-District players and one CSC Academic All-American.
In 2015, Heberling was named the Sun Conference Coach of the Year after posting a 42-14 record en route to a Sun Conference Tournament championship and an NAIA Opening Round appearance.
Heberling’s playing career spanned three schools, including Young Harris College, Virginia Intermont College and UNC Pembroke. She immediately got into the coaching ranks as a student assistant at UNC Pembroke in 2005, before moving on to William Woods and Iowa Wesleyan, before her time at USC-Beaufort.
The Fort Lauderdale, Florida, native graduated from UNC Pembroke with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and a master’s in Athletics/Activities Administration from William Woods University. Heberling and her husband, Ed, have two sons, Hollis and Hayes.
|The Heberling File
|UNC Pembroke, 2006
William Woods, 2008
Sons, Hollis and Hayes
|Utah State (Assoc. HC)
|Utah State (AC)
|USC Beaufort (HC)
|USC Beaufort (AC)
|Iowa Wesleyan (AC)
|William Woods (AC)
|UNC Pembroke (Student Asst.)