Erika Warren is in her second season as an assistant coach with the Youngstown State softball team. Warren’s responsibilities include working with the Penguins pitchers and catchers.
In her first season with the Penguins, Warren mentored Paige Geanangel and Elle Buffenbarger to 12 and 10 wins, respectively. Buffenbarger was named All-Horizon League Second-Team and All-Freshman Team and struck out 132 batters, which ranked third in the Horizon League and fifth on the YSU single-season list. Geanangel won seven games and posted a 2.14 earned-run average in Horizon League play.
Prior to YSU, Warren spent a season as an assistant coach at Indiana Tech, where she worked with Tech’s catchers, coordinated team travel, prepared and executed practice plans, collaborated on hitting approaches and defensive game plans and served as the head coach of Indiana Tech’s reserve team.
Warren also spent four years as an assistant coach for the Beverly, Ill., Bandits PGF 18HS Travel Softball Team from 2012-16. Serving as the pitching and catching coach, Warren managed both the pitchers and catchers in games and practices and called pitches during games. Several of Warren’s players went on to play at Division I schools like Oregon, Washington, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame and Michigan.
A native of North Canton, Ohio, Warren was a four-year letterwinner and starter at catcher for Kent State from 2012-16. She started 168 games and called pitches for games, which included managing/catching a pitching staff in 2015 with a team ERA of 1.55. While at Kent State, the Flashes won back-to-back Mid-American Conference Championships (2015, 2016) and a MAC East Division title in 2014. Warren was named an NFCA All-American Scholar-Athlete and All-Academic MAC in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and garnered Honorable-Mention All-MAC honors as a senior.
She also worked with NPF standout, two-time NFCA Second-Team All-Region pick and four-time all-conference performer Emma Johnson and NFCA First-Team All-Region selection Ronnie Ladines while playing at Kent State.
Warren graduated from Kent State in 2016 with a degree in sports administration and had a minor in business.