Crowley's Ridge College adds three staff members to athletic department
Crowley’s Ridge College in nearby Paragould, Arkansas, has made three staff additions to its athletic program for the 2020-21 school year.
Tori Hardin is the new assistant women’s volleyball coach, Brista Hinklin is the new assistant softball coach, and Dustin Semore is the new sports information director at Crowley’s Ridge College.
Hardin and Hinklin were both student-athletes at Crowley’s Ridge College.
Hardin completed a Bachelor of Science in Accounting at Crowley’s Ridge College in 2020. She played volleyball during her first stint at the four-year school and served as the student-assistant under head volleyball coach Carissa Winn in 2019. She is a native of Paragould.
“Tori is going to be a great asset to our team in her new role as assistant coach,” Winn said. "She shares the same overall goal of helping our program grow and succeed. She can offer insight as a former player at the collegiate level, specifically one at CRC. I also think she will lead our JV program well as we begin building it within the next year.”
Hinklin completed a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Crowley’s Ridge College in May. She played softball for four years at Crowley’s Ridge College and served as a student-assistant under head softball coach Jordan Malone in the 2019-20 season. Hinklin is a high school graduate of nearby Gosnell.
“I am excited to add Brista to my coaching staff,” Malone said. "She brings a love for the game as well as love for CRC. I was blessed to have her on my first team at CRC five years ago. She understands our goals and is committed to helping us reach them.”
Semore, who attended Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tennessee, has handled the play-by-play broadcasting responsibilities as the “Voice of the Crowley’s Ridge Pioneers” since last fall. He assisted former sports information director Erica Richardson in several capacities by writing game recaps, creating post-game graphics, and keeping live statistics for softball and baseball in the 2019-20 school year. He is a high school graduate of nearby Piggott.
“As I move to other roles at CRC, Dustin is the guy I want to take over this department,” Richardson said. "It has been a joy to start sports information for the Pioneers, but Dustin is the man for the job now. He is equipped to take on this role and really take it to the next level. I am excited to see what he will accomplish for our student-athletes, the athletic department, and for the college."