Jen Petteys enters her sixth season at the helm of the Spartan’s Softball program after taking over the reins on January 14, 2013.
Petteys has worked very hard to rebuild the Spartan program and 2017 was the best campaign of her tenure. York got off to a quick start with a 9-3 trip to Clermont, Florida. After a rough six game patch when they got back from Florida, the Spartans got rolling as they entered the thick of conference action. The Spartans won 10 consecutive games and 12 of 13 en route to yet another CAC Tournament appearance. Under Petteys, York earned their first ever win over Salisbury in the CAC tournament as they advanced to the tournament semifinals.
Post season accolades followed the impressive 2017 season as four players earned All-CAC honors. Carleigh Ruleman was a first-team pick after a conference-leading 15 homers, made her second career appearance on the All-CAC teams. Katie Maloney, Haley Hirn and Ginger Lewis all were named to the second team. Maloney finished her career as a four-time All-CAC honoree.
Along with the team success over the last three years, the softball program has garnered individual accolades as a total of 10 Spartans have earned All-CAC selections over the past three seasons. The Spartans have earned 22 CAC wins over those three seasons.
Petteys has been relentless on the recuriting trail and those efforts began to pay off with the 2015 season as York went 23-19 with a number of hallmark wins, including a victory over nationally-ranked Christopher Newport on April 11. The Spartans found continued success in 2016 as they posted a record of 25-17 and earned the fourth seed in the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament, their highest seed since 2013. Also, sophomore infielder Savannah Zittle earned a spot on the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District Team.
Petteys earned her 100th York College victory on April 17, 2017 with a 10-2 victory over Albright at Spartan Stadium. Petteys enters her sixth season at the helm of the program with a record of 101-109-1. However, remove the first two years prior to her being able to recruit her players into the program, her overall record jumps to 76-51 overall, good for a winning percentage of .598.
"York College is a dynamic and impressive environment with state of the art facilities. Our program has implemented a high standard of performance to align with this environment. We are building a sustained level of excellence. Each player is expected to give the perfect effort each and every day, rise to every occasion and make those around them better as they do so. As a program, we are focused on process over outcome and we strive for perfection in commitment, work ethic, teamwork, character, and accountability. We look to a bright future as we work to build and sustain a championship culture.”
Petteys believes her vision and expectations are clear and there is full buy in from the team as she embarks on just her sixth full year of leading the program.
“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 a team. I believe the trajectory of our program only continues to go up."
The squad got the job done in the classroom at a very high level in 2017 as they earned the William DeMeester Women's Team GPA award as they finished they year with a lofty 3.53 GPA for the campaign. The team registered an impressive 3.63 team GPA during the season, a season in which they went 28-15 on the field.
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 First Team and NYSWCAA All-State First 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 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).
Petteys was inducted into the St. John Fisher Athletic Hall of Fame on September 28, 2006.
Petteys graduated Cum Laude from Fisher with a Bachelors' degree in Sociology and a concentration in Criminal Justice. She earned her Masters’ degree in Sports Science with an emphasis in NCAA Compliance through the United States Sports Academy and graduated with honors in May 2015.
In the fall of 2014, Petteys assumed the role of Coordinator for the newly designed York College mascot program. In July 2015, she became an adjunct professor in the Sport Management department at York College.
Petteys resides in York, PA with her husband, D.J., and her two children, Chance (15) and Caitlyn (12).
Shane Walker enters his second season on the Spartan coaching staff.
Walker has transitioned exclusively to York College for 2016-2017 after completing three successful seasons at Central York High School where he led the Panthers to a record of 60-8. During his tenure at Central York, he won the YAIAA Division 1 title in all three seasons, along with back-to-back YAIAA Championships in 2015 and 2016. Shane was selected as the YAIAA Division 1 Coach of the Year in 2015 and earned the honor of YAIAA All-Star Coach of the Year in 2016.
He began his love of softball over 20 years ago while umpiring in the Virginia Beach area where he worked several high level championships within the Amateur Softball Association. Walker has been extremely involved with softball in South Central Pennsylvania for the past 12 years. He has managed teams of various ages and competition levels as well as serving on numerous boards with the primary function to promote fast pitch softball.
Walker served 13 years in the U.S. Navy and resides in York with his wife Kathi and their two children, Victoria and Shane.
Eric Behrenshausen enters his first year on the Spartan coaching staff for the 2016-17 academic year.
Behrenshausen comes to York after spending over 25 years in the high school softball coaching ranks. He spent most of his tenure as the head varsity softball coach at Carlisle High School where his teams competed in the highly-competitive Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division against the top talent in the midstate region. While at Carlisle, Behrenshausen was a three-time Carlisle Sentinel Softball Coach of the Year recipient. He led the Thundering Herd to the program's first-ever postseason appearance in 1997 and guided his teams to multiple appearances in the PIAA District III playoffs. Behrenshausen also spent three seasons as the varsity assistant head coach at Boiling Springs High School where he helped lead the Bubblers to three Mid-Penn Capital Division Championships, a PIAA District III runner-up title and a trip to the PIAA state playoffs.
In addition to his high school coaching experience, Behrenshausen also spent many years coaching at the club level. He co-founded the Cumberland County Magic travel softball team in 2001 and held the office of vice president for the organization from 2001-2007. He was also the head coach for the 14U, 16U and 18U teams during his tenure with the Magic.
During his time coaching at the high school and club level, Behrenshausen saw many of his players continue their careers at the college level, most notably NFCA All-American Christina Wessman (Messiah College) and two-time All-Freedom Conference selection Lindsay Behrenshausen (Wilkes University).
Behrenshausen retired from teaching in June 2016 after spending 36 years as an elementary physical education teacher for the Carlisle Area School District. He resides in Mount Holly Springs, Pa. with his wife of 32 years, Cheryl. They have two children, Lindsay and Derek.