|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).