LCC Women’s Softball Coaches
Kristen Silva, Head Softball Coach
Kristen Silva joins the Lamar Community College softball program for her first year as the Head Softball Coach. For the past three years she has been an Assistant Softball Coach at the University of Puget Sound. Coach Silva was also the Head Coach of the 18U Royals, an ASA Club team located in Tacoma, Washington. Prior to that she served as the assistant softball coach at 5A Fruita Monument High School in Fruita, Colorado, where their record was 59-11. The team qualified for the CHSAA State Tournament every year, including appearances in the Elite Eight in 2011, Semi-Finals in 2010, and Quarter-Finals in 2009.
Originally from Hawaii, Coach Silva played for Maui High School at third base helping her school to the conference title her freshmen year. Coach Silva organized the Maui Mavericks Softball camps in 2010 & 2011 and was the Head Coach at St. Anthony Junior & Senior High School in Maui, Hawaii, for one year.
She attended Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado, where she lettered four years, starting in centerfield and leftfield. Mesa State won the NCAA II Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference during her sophomore season and advanced to Super-Regionals her senior year.
At Mesa State College she earned two bachelor degrees in Kinesiology with concentrations in Exercise Science and Adapted Physical Education. Coach Silva is also completing her Masters in Strengthen & Conditioning from Southern Utah University.
Amy Schmeckpeper, Pitching Coach
Amy Schmeckpeper joins the Lamar Community College softball program for her first year as an assistant softball coach. For the last two years, Schmeckpeper has worked as an assistant softball coach at the University of Puget Sound. She has also been involved in coaching ASA club teams working as an assistant for the U18 Royals from Tacoma, Washington, and as a head coach for the U16 Boise Blast from Boise, Idaho.
Schmeckpeper played softball for the University of Puget Sound for two years after transferring from the College of Idaho where she also played for two years. Originally from Idaho, Schmeckpeper played for Timberline High School where she helped her school to two district and one state title.
Schmeckpeper holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master’s degree in Teaching both from the University of Puget Sound.
Dara Knutson graduated from Poudre High school in Wellington, Colorado, in the spring of 2012. She then went on to pursue her academics and athletics at Lamar Community College. While at Lamar, she played Women’s Fast-Pitch softball at the collegiate level for the Runnin’ Lopes from fall 2012 to spring 2014. After graduating from LCC with her Associates of Art in the spring of 2014, she then attended Black Hills State in Spearfish, South Dakota, for a semester to continue her academics and athletics. Currently, she is finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Adams State and back at LCC enjoying her first year as Assistant Softball Coach.