COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Crystal Krebs, a two-time University of Colorado Colorado Springs All-American and the former NCAA Division II record-holder for home runs, became the first softball student-athlete in conference history and the first Mountain Lion in school history to enter the RMAC Hall of Fame tonight at the Colorado Springs Marriott.
“It’s an honor to be inducted with all the inductees tonight, with as many accolades as you have, and it’s truly an honor,” Krebs said in her induction speech. “Never in my mind would I have thought that I would be the first person from my college to be inducted, but also the first softball player in RMAC history. This is truly an honor and a dream come true.”
Krebs played two seasons for the Mountain Lions as catcher in 2004-05, and won All-America honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association in both seasons. She was the NCAA Division II National Catcher of the Year in 2004 and set the national record with 0.52 home runs per game in 2005. Krebs was the first Capital One Academic All-American in school history in 2005 and was a member of the RMAC All-Century Team in 2009.
“Defensively, she did a great job with our pitchers,” said UCCS Head Softball Coach Scott Peterson in the introductory video. “I don’t think it’s a coincidence that we had co-pitchers of the year when she was here.”
UCCS won 76 percent of its conference games during Krebs’ two seasons and qualified for the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history during her junior season. The Mountain Lions won the RMAC regular season and tournament championships in 2004.
“I’ve read that I have set the bar high for all the future athletes and softball players at UCCS,” Krebs said. “To be an inspiration that they too, with hard work and dedication, can make their dreams come true. That’s what records are for – they are meant to inspire, and they are meant to be broken.”
Krebs was a two-time RMAC Triple Crown hitter, and hit .490 in her two seasons with 44 home runs and 129 RBIs. She was the 2005 College Sports Player of the Year at the 32nd Sportswomen of Colorado Awards and played for the Texas Thunder of the National Pro Fastpitch after graduation. UCCS retired her number in 2012.
Krebs was joined in the induction class by Casey Beran (Chadron State football), Chad Freihauf (Colorado Mines football), Brenda Jarvis-Eriksson (Adams State track and field), Frank Powell (Adams State wrestling coach), Richard Ulrich (Adams State wrestling coach), Mark Worthington (Metro State basketball), the 1990 and 1992 Adams State track and field teams and 1990 Adams State wrestling team.