“We’re very excited to have Brooke join our softball family,” commented Draves. “She will bring a lot of energy and positivity to the program, and her background in strength and conditioning will help us tremendously when it comes to player development.”
Balk comes to Marian after playing two seasons for Luther College and two seasons at St. Cloud State University. At SCSU, Balk was an NFCA All-American scholar-athlete in 2015 and earned the same honor at Luther. In both seasons with the Norse Balk helped lead Luther to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances after winning a pair of IIAC tournament championships. In 2017, the Norse went on to finish third in the national tournament. Luther also earned an IIAC regular-season championship in 2017. Balk went on to earn a bachelor of arts degree from Luther in exercise physiology.
“I would like to thank coach Draves and the rest of the athletic department for welcoming me onto the softball staff,” commented Balk. “This is an incredible opportunity and I’m very excited to start working with our student-athletes on the softball field, in the weight room, and in the classroom.”
While at Luther, she served as a strength coach intern within the Norse athletic department which led her to a strength and conditioning position at GTS Performance and Fitness. Balk would go on to become an assistant strength and conditioning coach at GTS along with serving as a youth softball instructor. Her duties included planning and operations for the 10U, 12U, 16U, and 18U GTS youth softball programs.