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Former Weber State assistant softball coach Nikki Palmer has been hired as the new head coach at Utah Valley.

For the last two seasons, Palmer, who played for UC San Diego, has been as assistant at Weber State and Utah State.

"We are so excited to have Nikki Palmer as our new head softball coach at Utah Valley University," said D.J. Smith, associate athletic director. "She comes highly recommended with great credentials and is an excellent fit for us. She has a passion and enthusiasm for the game, and will be a tremendous asset for us as the Wolverines transition into the Western Athletic Conference. Having coached for two other universities in the state, Nikki has excellent connections. She is an exciting, dynamic, up-and-coming coach, and we are thrilled to have her join the Wolverine staff."

Prior to her time in Logan, she held two other assistant coaching stints. She spent two years with San Francisco State and another with her alma mater at UC San Diego, helping the Tritons reach the West Regional of the 2008 NCAA Division II tournament.