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Published May 07 2010

Where are they know?: Gregg enjoying life after collegiate softball at NDSU

Nikki Gregg isn’t flying around the base paths anymore. Now she’s flying around the world.

The former North Dakota State softball standout – she was Nikki Flynn back then – is working as a service delivery manager for Microsoft, and the job has taken her places like India and Singapore.

“There’s a lot of travel, but I get to travel on my terms so it doesn’t get too hectic,” said Gregg in a phone interview while on a layover in the Denver airport. “But I get to go all over the United States, and do some international travel, so it’s really cool.”

Gregg graduated from NDSU in 2000 as one of the school’s all-time great softball players.

The speedy slap-hitter is the Bison’s all-time leader in batting average (.464), hits (442), stolen bases (250), runs scored (304) and games played (285).

She assisted head coach Darren Mueller for one year after graduation, but has worked for Microsoft for the past eight years.

Gregg is married to Concordia women’s hockey coach Ace Gregg, and they have three children. Both of them live in Fargo, and both are transplants from Minnesota’s North Shore.

Nikki is originally from Esko, and Ace hails from Cloquet.

“Sports are still a pretty big thing for our whole family,” Gregg said. “We are very active, but with the kids getting older, the hockey stuff will probably have to go outside.”

Their oldest child is a six-year-old daughter, Trinity, followed by five-year-old son Austin and two-year-old daughter Alexa.

A major part of Gregg’s job is communicating between management and clients, and she was shocked at how handy her experience as an collegiate athlete has been.

“A lot of what I learned as a player in college has moved over into my career,” Gregg said. “Leadership is leadership no matter where you are, and that’s something I don’t know if I would’ve had without what I learned at NDSU.”