UCCS aluma to enter athletic hall of fame

Jared Verner, (719) 255-3003, jverner@uccs.edu Tom Hutton, (719) 255-3439, thutton@uccs.edu


Crystal Krebs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Crystal Krebs, a 2006 graduate of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, will become the first Mountain Lion in school history to join the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Hall of Fame next summer, officials announced Dec. 13.

Krebs will be the first softball student-athlete in conference history to be inducted into the league’s hall of fame. She was inducted as a member of the inaugural UCCS Athletic Hall of Fame in April 2012.

Now the head softball coach at Lewis-Palmer High School, Monument, Krebs completed a stellar UCCS career on the field and in the classroom. She earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.54 in geography and environmental studies, worked in the community with the Halloween Boo-zar, Care and Share, Read Across America and assembled Thanksgiving baskets for needy families.

On the field, she was the 2004 NCAA Division II Catcher of the Year and set the national record with 0.52 home runs per game in 2005. She won the RMAC triple crown and was the conference player of the year in both seasons with UCCS. Krebs was the first Capital One Academic All-American in school history in 2005 and was a member of the RMAC All-Century team in 2009. The Mountain Lions won 76 percent of its conference games during Krebs’ two seasons and qualified for the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history in her first season. UCCS won the regular season and conference tournament in 2004.

The RMAC Hall of Fame will take place July 12 at the Colorado Springs Marriott. A social hour begins at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and an induction ceremony at 7 p.m. Individual reservations are $55 or tables of 10 will be $500. Reservations and tickets will be handled by the RMAC.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The University offers 36 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls about 9,800 students on campus annually and another 2,000 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.