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Kourtney Peters has been named softball coach at Madison Memorial, Spartans athletic director Jeremy Schlitz said Friday.

Peters replaces Amber Janssen, who stepped down in June.

Peters was an assistant coach in the program last season and she taught business, marketing and IT at Memorial, Schlitz said.

“I am very honored to get the chance to continue building a strong competitive high school softball program,” Peters said in a statement. “I am eager to get started working with the team and assist in developing strong student-athletes for the future. It’s a very exciting time to be a Spartan. I am truly grateful for this opportunity and thankful to be working with such a supportive community.”

Prior to her time at Memorial, Peters has had various coaching roles over the past eight years.

She was softball coach for the inaugural Baxter (Iowa) High School team, building the foundation of that program. She also spent six years in Iowa as a private hitting instructor where she focused primarily on building and developing player’s fundamentals, bat speed and hitting for power, according to Schlitz.

Peters was a four-year starter for Lakeland University from 2004 to '08. She was a third baseman, who was a strong offensive player.

Memorial finished sixth in the Big Eight Conference last season with a 9-9 mark. The Spartans lost to Middleton in the first round of the WIAA Division 1 playoffs.

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Jon Masson covers high school sports for the Wisconsin State Journal. He has covered a variety of sports — including the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin men's and women's basketball and volleyball — since he first came to the State Journal in 1999.