Becky Hilgert
Becky Hilgert
Title: Head Coach
Phone: (616) 526-7635
Previous College: University of St. Thomas
Year Record MIAA Finish
2017 20-20 5-11 (T-6th)   Regular Season
2018 32-10 12-4 (2nd) * NCAA Regional Finals
2019 31-10 12-4 (2nd)*  NCAA Regional Finals
Total 83-40 29-19  MIAA Tournament*

Becky Hilgert is in her fourth season as head softball coach at Calvin College.

In 2019, Hilgert led the Knights to a 31-10 record and their second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Regional Finals. The Knights finished second in the MIAA at 12-4 and won the MIAA Conference Tournament for the first time since 1997. The 2019 team landed five All-MIAA selections, two NFCA All-Region selections and six NFCA Academic All-Americans. For the first time since 2009, the program received the MIAA Team GPA award with a 3.429 team GPA.

Hilgert led the Knights to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 20 years in 2018. The Knights finished the year with a 32-10 record and advanced to the NCAA Regional Finals. The Maroon and Gold finished the MIAA season with a second-place finish in the MIAA at 12-4 and advanced to the MIAA Tournament for the first time since 2014. The 2018 team landed five All-MIAA selections and three NFCA All-Region players. The 32 victories in the 2018 season was a program record.

In her first season as a head coach, Hilgert recorded a 20-20 record. Calvin landed two All-MIAA honorees and had two players named to the NFCA All-Region team.

From 2014-2016, Hilgert served as assistant coach for the Calvin softball program. A native of Bloomington, Minnesota, Hilgert is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. At St. Thomas, she was a four-year starter in the infield for the Tommie softball team that won three MIAC Championships and made four consecutive NCAA Division III Tournament appearances. As a senior in 2002, she served as a team captain on a team that won the program's first NCAA Division III Midwest Regional Championship and advanced to the NCAA Division III Softball World Series and placed fifth in the nation. She was subsequently named to the NCAA Division III World Series All-Tournament team. As a player, she was named an NFCA All-American Scholar-Athlete in 2000. At St. Thomas, Hilgert played for three coaches in four years, including John Tschida, who is the all-time winningest NCAA Division III softball coach.

Hilgert graduated from St. Thomas with a bachelor's degree in political science while holding a minor in communications. As a St. Thomas student, she spent a semester with the St. Thomas exchange program with American University, studying in Washington D.C. during the fall semester of 2000. She completed her Masters of Science degree in recreation and sports sciences with an emphasis in coaching education at Ohio University in 2016.

In 2004, Hilgert began a four-year run as chief of staff in the Michigan State House of Representatives. Prior to her appointment, she was a part of four separate national political campaigns.

In 2008, she co-founded Traditions Communications, a multimedia communication consulting firm.

Hilgert later served as an assistant women's varsity softball coach at Allegan High School from 2011-2013 while also serving as the school's assistant varsity women's basketball coach from 2012-2014. After departing Allegan High School, she was awarded the Bob Terry Distinguished Service Award for her work with the softball and basketball programs.

Hilgert also serves as Calvin’s SAAC advisor.