Lynx Softball

Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Crystal Wurth

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Crystal WurthCoach Wurth is entering her fourth season as head coach of the Lady Lynx softball program at Lincoln College. She has been the pitching coach and assistant for Lincoln College Program for 6 seasons prior to taking over as head coach at LC.

Crystal grew up in Lincoln, Illinois and attended Lincoln Community High School and Lincoln College. While at LC she lettered in volleyball and softball. Crystal then transferred to Webster University in St. Louis where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in secondary education with a minor in history and political science. She also lead the Webster softball team to two consecutive NCAA tournaments. Her overall individual pitching record while at WU was 52-11. Crystal was the team MVP for 2001 and 2002.

Since college, Crystal has been coaching local pitchers for the past eleven years.  Coach Wurth earned her Master’s Degree in Liberal and Integrative Studies with an emphasis is Social History at the University of Illinois at Springfield. She focused her graduate work on mastery level courses in History, Sociology, and Anthropology.  Coach Wurth is working on Social Sciences and continuing education within the discipline.  She teaches Sociology and Physical Education at Lincoln College-Lincoln.  She also works with the Alumni and Advancement Office as photographer, taking pictures of students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, as well as capturing the beauty of the Lincoln campus.

“When I’m not on the softball field, I am spending time with my husband Lewis and children, Aden, Brenden, and Madisen.  As a family, we enjoy spending a lot of time at Lincoln College events, athletic games, and theatre productions.  Our children really enjoy being around the ‘big kids’!!  In many ways our students at Lincoln College are great role models for kids.  I appreciate the kindness and sincerity that our students show many young people within our community, whether it is a camp, fieldtrip, community outreach, or community service.  I am proud to call Lincoln College my home, and the people here my family.”  Crystal Wurth

Assistant Coach: Randy Lercher

Lincoln College recently announced the hiring of Randy Lercher as assistant softball coach. 

Lercher is a native of Lincoln, IL where he graduated from Lincoln Community High School and attended Lincoln Land Community College focusing on Business Management.  Lercher is entering his first year as the Offensive Coach for the Lady Lynx.

He is well known for his contributions to the game of softball in Lincoln and the surrounding area.  He has coached at Lincoln Junior High School for 8 seasons and was the assistant varsity softball coach at Lincoln Community High School from 2002-2008. He also was the President of the Lincoln Chill Program from 1999-2005 and coached within the program from 1999-2006.  Lercher’s experience, background and knowledge of the game have been a welcome addition to the LC softball coaching staff. 

Lercher resides in Athens, IL and is currently working for the Army National Guard.  He has 2 grown children:  James Lercher and Desirae Lercher of Lincoln.  Desirae played softball and was raised playing in Lincoln at the local schools and within the Lincoln Chill Program.  She holds multiple pitching records at Lincoln Community High School and also pitched for the Lady Lynx.  Currently, Desirae is working on her RN at ISU- Mennonite School of Nursing.

Assistant Coach:  Chelsey Rankin

Chelsey Rankin joined the LC Softball staff in 2012 as an assistant coach.  Her area of expertise is outfield and base running.  She is a local girl from Hartsburg-Emden where she was an outstanding volleyball and softball player.  During her high school volleyball years she was an IHSA state contender three times and IHSA State volleyball champion her senior year.  Her volleyball success continued on after being recruited to play at Illinois Central College in East Peoria, IL where she helped her team to a 3rd place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament her freshman year and a 5th place finish her sophomore year.  While at ICC, Chelsey realized her passion for softball and made a decision to walk on to the softball team where she was a 2-year starter for the program where she helped the team advance to the NJCAA National Softball Tournament both years she played.  She has played softball for many years and most recently for the Lady Hearts out of Bloomington, IL.  Coach Rankin has many years of state and national experience, her leadership skills and ability to communicate and still “workout” with the girls on the field is her strongest attributes as a coach.

Coach Rankin has coached softball and volleyball locally for the past three years and is currently working on her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Methodist College of Nursing in Peoria, IL.  Currently, she works at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in the Emergency Department.