CHICAGO – Katie Sears, a former Mother McAuley and University of Evansville (Ind.) standout, recently signed a letter of intent to continue both her athletic and academic career at Saint Xavier University as a member of the Cougar softball program. The Chicago native transfers to SXU with two years of playing eligibility remaining and will join the Cougar roster as a junior outfielder for the 2014 campaign. Sears was coached at Mother McAuley by former Saint Xavier University softball standout Colleen Kilduff, who became SXU's first NAIA National Player of the Year in 2006 and was inducted into the SXU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009.
Sears is the daughter of Michael and Elizabeth Sears of Chicago. She played two seasons (2011 & 2012) for the Purple Aces of the University of Evansville and earned All-Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Second Team honors as a sophomore in 2012. Sears plans to pursue a degree in business next year at Saint Xavier University. The left-hander led the Purple Aces with 16 stolen bases in 2012, tying for sixth in the Valley with 0.6 stolen bases per game. She also led Evansville's lineup in runs scored (25), triples (4), hit by pitch (6) and stolen bases (16) that same year. As a prep at Mother McAuley, Sears was named a honorable mention on the all-state team and earned all-area recognition from the Chicago Sun Times and the SouthtownStar.
"Katie is a proven player at the Division I level and we are so fortunate that she has chosen to transfer to Saint Xavier University," said SXU softball coach Myra Minuskin. "She will make an already strong program even better with her bat and speed on the base paths and I can't wait to get this team back out on the field in preparation for the 2014 season."