|Title:||Head Softball Coach|
Jen Petteys enters her second year at the helm of the Spartan’s Softball program after taking over the reins on January 14, 2013.
Petteys came to York after serving as assistant coach for Herkimer County Community College in the fall of 2012 and SUNY Cobleskill in 2011-2012. Petteys was the girls’ varsity softball coach for eight years at Canajoharie High School in Canajoharie, N.Y. where she compiled a record of 90-47-1.
Petteys was an accomplished player at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y. In 1999, Petteys powered the Cardinals to a 39-11 overall record and earned NFCA All-Region 1st Team and NYSWCAA All-State 1st Team accolades as her Cardinal team won the NYS Championship as well as the ECAC North Championship. The Cardinals won 106 games during Petteys' four-year career including the school-record 39 victories in 1999.
Petteys was inducted into the St. John Fisher Athletic Hall of Fame on September 28, 2006.
Petteys still holds single-season records for hits (72 in 1999) and stolen bases (21 in 1996), and is second in runs scored (52 in 1999) and sacrifices (21 in 1999). She currently holds career offensive records for hits (223), on base (312) and on base percentage (.502). She is in the NCAA Division III record book for at bats in a season (174). She graduated Cum Laude from Fisher with a Bachelors' degree in Sociology/concentration in Criminal Justice. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Sports Coaching with an emphasis in NCAA compliance through the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, AL.
Petteys is pleased with the potential of the Spartan softball program.
"York College is a dynamic and impressive environment. We are looking to expand on the growth demonstrated in the spring and focus on sustaining long-term success. We have worked hard to change the culture and the expectations of the players. My goal is to transition the current team into an established softball program built from a solid foundation of girls with the highest level of commitment, work-ethic, talent and character. The foundation is beginning to take shape and the future is looking bright. The support for athletics is apparent and there is a high demand for excellence throughout the department. I am eager to meet these demands both on and off the field.”
Petteys believes her vision and expectations are clear and buy in from the team is present as she embarks on her first full year of leading the program.
"We will be prepared, train hard and play hard from the first pitch to the last out. We will be able to make adjustments and will work to improve each day. I expect my players to excel in the classroom, outwork our opponents, be faster, smarter and more aggressive on the base paths and execute a potent high scoring offense. Every player is expected to control their controllables: Attitude and Effort. I expect each girl to play hard but play smart. We will respect the game, the opponent, and the process of improving as individuals and as a team."
Petteys resides in York, PA with her husband D.J. and her two children, Chance (11) and Caitlyn (8).
Jess Rhoads joins the York College softball program as an assistant coach for the 2013-14 season. She will focus primarily on coaching the pitchers during the season.
Rhoads is no stranger to success as she had a fantastic three-year career at Messiah College. Rhoads was a standout pitcher and hitter who led the Falcons to a 2009 National Championship. Rhoads also comes to York with extensive coaching experience in her background.
In 2009, Rhoads led the Falcons to their first softball national championship. She went 28-1 with a 0.49 ERA in the circle as she struck out 364 batters. Rhoads made 36 appearances with six saves. She was a first-team All-Region selection in addition to being the MAC Pitcher of the Year and a first team all-conference selection. At the plate, she hit .342 with six home runs for the Falcons.
In 2010, Rhoads had another fantastic year. She went 28-4 with a 0.71 ERA in 35 appearances. She struck out 384 and earned first team NFCA All-American honors. She again was named the MAC Pitcher of the Year and earned first team All-Region honors. At the plate, Rhoads hit .336 with two bombs.
As a senior, Rhoads closed out her Falcon career with a 15-1 mark and a 0.15 ERA in 18 appearances. She struck out 147 while she hit .377 with two home runs during her last year at Messiah.
Rhoads finished her career with a record of 71-6 and an ERA of 0.52. She holds the school record for wins (tied with 71), ERA, saves (7), batting average against (.113), strikeouts (895), shutouts (34), and perfect games (2). She is second in innings pitched (500.1) and third in appearances (89) and games started (75).
After her stellar playing career at Messiah, Rhoads took the head coaching job at Northern High School in 2012. She also was the assistant coach for Krunch Gold Softball in 2012. She has given individual pitching lessons since 2010.
Rhoads has her undergraduate degree from Messiah in sport management while she also got her Masters in athletics managment from Messiah.