UNC Wilmington Softball Camps
Associate Head Coach
Veteran softball coach Kama Tucker enters her second season as a member of the Seahawks’ coaching staff and her first as the associate head coach after being promoted after last year.
Under Tucker’s tutelage last year, pitcher Peyton Jordan earned Second-Team All-Colonial Athletic Association honors after leading the team with a 2.81 earned run average while posting an 8-10 record.
Tucker brings more than 14 years of collegiate coaching experience to the coast, including nine seasons as a head coach. She headed up the program at Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C., for three seasons prior to joining the head coach Kristy Norton’s staff in July, 2014.
At Presbyterian, Tucker revamped the Blue Hose program into a winner. Her teams registered wins over Wisconsin, Georgetown and Coastal Carolina despite featuring 25 newly recruited players since Tucker’s arrival. She coached five All-Conference players during her time in Clinton and picked up her 200th career coaching victory during the 2014 campaign.
A 1998 graduate of Barton College in Wilson, N.C., Tucker started her coaching career as an assistant coach at Tustin High School before accepting an assistant coaching position at Peace College in Raleigh.
Following two seasons at Peace, Tucker made her head coaching debut at Greensboro College and coached the Pride to a 144-94-4 record over five seasons. Greensboro achieved a top-25 ranking on the NCAA Division III level with a 32-10 record in 2008.
Tucker then worked two seasons with Norton as assistant coaches at Colonial Athletic Association member James Madison from 2009-11. She working primarily with the pitching staff for the Dukes, but was also involved with other phases of the JMU program.
Tucker was an outstanding player at Barton during her collegiate days, earning All-Conference, All-Tournament Team MVP honors as a pitcher and infielder for the Bulldogs.
Evan Ruechel begins his first season as a member of the UNCW coaching staff in 2019.
Ruechel joins the Seahawks after spending last season as a volunteer assistant baseball coach at Averett, a NCAA Division III school in Danville, Va. He served as the recruiting coordinator and hitting/infield coach for the Cougars.
Under Ruechel's guidance, Averett's Kyle Vidano earned First-Team All-USA South notice after batting .386 while ranking second in the nation with 30 stolen bases. Vidano also ranked eighth in the country with 54 hits.
Prior to his time at Averett, Ruechel served as the assistant coach at Indiana Wesleyan in 2016. He also spent time as an assistant coach for the Champion City Kings of the Prospect League and was the hitting and catching instructor for the Elgin Warriors Baseball Club from 2014-17.
A native of Oconto, Wisc., Ruechel played junior college baseball at Milwaukee Area Technical College and Rock Valley College before completing his career at St. Ambrose. He also played for the Green Bay Bullfrogs of the Northwoods League, a collegiate summer baseball league.
Ruechel graduated from St. Ambrose in 2016 with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Management.