Jen Petteys enters her third season at the helm of the Spartan’s Softball program after taking over the reins of the program on January 14, 2013.
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 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 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 has been charged with rebuilding the Spartan softball program and as she embarks on her third season, is in the middle of the rebuild primed to make an impact with a strong core of young players comprising her first recruiting class. Petteys, a tireless recruiter, is pleased with the potential of her Spartan softball team.
"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. 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 the process more than the 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 second 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."
Petteys resides in York, PA with her husband D.J. and her two children, Chance (12) and Caitlyn (9).
Jess Morret (Rhoads) enters her second year on the York College coaching staff. She will focus primarily on coaching the pitchers during the season.
Morret is no stranger to success as she had a fantastic three-year career at Messiah College. Morret was a standout pitcher and hitter who led the Falcons to a 2009 National Championship. Morret also comes to York with extensive coaching experience in her background.
In 2009, Morret 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. Morret 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, Morret 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, Morret hit .336 with two bombs.
As a senior, Morret 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.
Morret 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, Morret 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.
Morret has her undergraduate degree from Messiah in sport management while she also got her Masters in higher education with a concentration in athletics management from Messiah.
Morret resides in Dillsburg, Pa. with her husband Steve.