Allyne Clark

Abilene High School graduate Allyne Clark plays professional softball in Europe. She is also coaching the professional team.

Former Abilene Cowgirl softball standout Allyne Clark has continued to play and coach softball beyond her school career.

Clark, a 2012 AHS graduate, spent two seasons at Highland Community College before transferring to Iona College in New York.

The all-star catcher caught the eye of overseas professional softball programs and since her collegiate days she has been playing and is now coaching on the professional level.

With a B.A. in Mass Communications, the former Cowgirl catcher has traveled Europe for the last few years being on the softball diamond.

“Following graduation from college, a friend of mine from school and I were approached by a professional softball organizer about playing overseas,” Clark said. “After much thought we went overseas. My friend is a pitcher and I catch so it was a ready made combo.”

That friend turned out to be Paige Crawford of Salina.

The pair originally went to Prague to play softball. The overseas softball season matches up with the USA fall and winter months.

Clark and Crawford will head to New Zealand later this month to begin play. Clark has added coaching to her professional career.

“I am excited for this new opportunity,” she said. “We have been doing some of that already with camps and such, but now I will get to help in the development of European professional softball players.”

At Abilene High School, Clark played for head coach Don Nebelsick and assistant coach LouAna Taplin.

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