Perseverance has nothing on Courtney Pruner. The Akron native left an indelible mark on the softball diamond at every level she competed on, from travel, to high school, to college. She bookended her travel career with a national title at the NSA “B” Nationals in 1998 and a runner-up finish at the ASA “A” Nationals in 2005, leading her team to a 48-3 mark that year.
She was a three-sport standout at Ellet High School, racking up individual accolades in softball, volleyball and basketball. The all-time leader in home runs in Ohio High School Athletics Association history, Pruner was named the 2005 Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year. She was a three-time All-Ohio selection, garnering first team accolades as a senior, and led Ellet to four consecutive city and sectional titles – hitting .434 with 11 home runs as a senior, while posting a 21-5 record with a 0.78 ERA in the circle. She also collected honorable mention All-Ohio honors her final campaign on the volleyball court.
Pruner picked up right where she left off after matriculating to The Ohio State University. Despite being hampered by multiple surgeries on both hips, her tenure with the Buckeyes was marked by both individual and team accomplishments. A two-time first team All-Big Ten performer (2008 & ‘10), she also garnered a second team nod in 2009. Pruner was named the team’s most improved player in 2007 and earned the Coaches Award in 2009. She helped lead Ohio State to the program’s first Super Regional berth and finished her career fourth on the school’s career list for both home runs and RBI. Pruner has spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Cleveland State University.