Staff
Head Coach
Erin Kinberger

Former standout student-athlete and Saint Leo Athletics Hall of Fame inductee ’17, Erin Kinberger (formerly Brunt) was named as Saint Leo University’s tenth softball coach, as announced by Director of Athletics Francis X. Reidy in August 2014.

In her seven years as an intercollegiate coach, Erin Kinberger has led her teams to six 30-win seasons, falling just short in her third year of coaching by one win (29), while she led her 2012-13 Tigers team to the most wins under her direction to 47 wins. Coach Kinberger has a seven-year coaching record of 261-104 (.715 winning percentage). At the helm of her alma mater, Kinberger has led her teams to 154 wins and 53 losses with three 39 win seasons and one 37 win season.

Coach Kinberger has led her Lions to back-to-back-to-back NCAA postseason appearances in 2018 with the programs first trip to the NCAA Division II Softball Championships in Salem, Va. where the Green and Gold went 2-2 with wins over No. 3 Chico State (3-2) and No. 1 North Georgia (3-2). On the way to posting a 39-18 record, Saint Leo defeated D2 softball powerhouses North Alabama, at the South Regional in Florence, Ala., and Alabama-Huntsville in the South Super Regional to claim the South Region title. The 2018 deep run into NCAA postseason saw Kinberger and her staff of Madison Holub, Pat Affrunti and Sammy Marshall earn NFCA DII South Region Coaching Staff of the Year.

Under Coach K’s guidance in 2018, four players earned All-Sunshine State Conference honors where Kacie Kelly was a first-team selection followed by Ashley Morris, Brittany Creamer and Shyanne DuBois all on the second team. Sarah Pauscher joined Kacie Kelly on the NFCA All-South Region second team as Kelly was named to the D2CCA All-South Region second team as well. Ashley Morris and Shyanne DuBois were named to the 2018 D2 Softball Championship All-Tournament team for their performance in Salem, Va. at the softball championships.

Assistant Coach
Brittany Johnson

Brittany Johnson joins the Saint Leo coaching staff after a two-year volunteer stint at her alma mater, Rollins College.

Johnson was a standout student-athlete for the Tars where she was a middle infielder from 2013-16. She helped guide the Tars to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including the Tars' march to the South Region Championship in 2016.
Johnson's name litters the Rollins record book, ranking seventh in games played, 10th in on base percentage, eighth in doubles, 10th in RBI, and 10th in stolen bases. She is a two time All-SSC performer. Brittany was named to both the 2015 NCAA and Daktronics All-South Regio Teams, before earning 2015 NFCA All-American status. She followed that with a CoSIDA Academic All-Region showing in 2016.

Attended Sickles High School in Tampa, Florida where she played primarily middle infield for the Gryphons. Was a career .321 hitter, totaling 66 hits while driving in 57 during her high school career. As a senior, Johnson was named to the All-Western Conference first team as well as earned the Hilsborough County Scholar Athlete Award after finishing fourth in her class.

Brittany is the daughter of Jackie and Thomas Johnson. She has one brother, Drew. She graduated from Rollins in 2016 with a degree in History.

Assistant Coach
Fran Olexa

Francais Olexa joined the Saint Leo coaching staff following a summer stint of professional softball in Germany.

Olexa, who graduated in 2018 from Lynn, was a dual position student-athlete playing as both a pitcher and outfielder. She made 116 appearances in the circle for Lynn where she went 34-53 with 75 starts and four saves. The lefty tallied 321 strikeouts and owned a career ERA of 2.63 in 582 innings of work.

The Delta, British Columbia, Canada native, finished her career with a .939 fielding percentage and a .289 hitting percentage. Olexa played in 191 total games where she notched 157 hits with 27 doubles, three triples, and three homeruns, while knocking in 58 RBI.

Olexa is the daughter of Tina and Bill, she has one sibling, Sammie. She graduated from Lynn in 2018 with Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Biology.

Assistant Coach
Pat Affrunti

Saint Leo University head softball coach Erin Kinberger announced the addition of Pat Affrunti to the Lions' coaching staff in August 2014.

Coach Affrunti's responsibilities include assisting Kinberger in both infield and hitting development. Additionally, he also assists in the teams recruiting efforts in the state of Florida as well as nationally.

Following the 2015 season, Affrunti saw two of his infielders earn All-SSC honors. Saint Leo also finished the season ranked first in the SSC in scoring (5.39), stolen bases per game (1.96), triples per game (0.27), and win percentage (0.765). Offensively Affrunti along with the other coaches in their first year, helped the Lions improve from the previous season in wins, batting average, runs scored, doubles and homeruns. The Lions also reduced their strikeout total from the prior year

Affrunti started his softball career coaching travel ball for the past 13 years. His Clearwater Lady Bombers Gold team has received national recognition and placed first in many national events. Affrunti has also coached at the high school level, starting at Sickles High School in Tampa. He helped lead a Gryphon team to two Regional Final appearances, while compiling an overall record of 46-10. After two years in Tampa, Affrunti took a position at East Lake High School, closer to his home. During his one year at East Lake, he helped lead the Eagles to a 29-1 season and a Final Four appearance.

After three years at the high school level, Affrunti was given his first opportunity in the college ranks landing at SSC foe Eckerd College where he remained for the past three seasons. While at Eckerd he served as the Tritons infield and hitting instructor and was the teams recruiting coordinator. Coach Affrunti helped the Tritons accumulate 59 wins in that three year span, which was school record. He also helped the Tritons reach many milestones including their first winning season in the programs 20 plus season history and two infielders landing all region honors for the very first time in school history.

Coach Affrunti lives in Dunedin, Florida with his wife, Tracy, and their two children, Bailee, 19, and Austin, 12.