Kearney native Katie (Bolin) Ackermann has been named the ninth head coach of the UNK softball team. A star player at both Kearney High and Chadron State, Ackermann most recently was the top assistant coach at McCook Community College. Ackermann begins her duties effective immediately. NCAA Division II teams are allowed to practice and play exhibition games during the fall; UNK’s first such contest comes on Sunday, September 29, at Division I Nebraska-Omaha. The Lopers have already practiced several times this fall.