THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010
Softball adds two new coaches for the 2011 season
The JU softball program will have two new faces on the staff this year as head coach Amanda Lehotak announces the additions of Rachael Click and Dan Sperl for the 2011 season.
Click fills the graduate assistant role vacated by Jillian Mirante, who finished her master’s degree in the spring, while Sperl replaces Jimmy Hubble as volunteer coach after he accepted a position on the Baylor softball staff.
“I am excited to bring on Dan and Rachael,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. They will help take this program to the next level since they have already have been successful at different collegiate levels. Rachael will be working primarily with hitters and outfield while Dan will be working primarily with infield. ”
Click comes to JU after spending last season as an assistant coach at The University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. She was involved in all aspects of the coaching staff - including recruiting, scheduling and working with the Blugolds on offense and defense. Click was also instrumental in helping the Blugolds host the Division III NCAA Championship at their field.
In her collegiate career, Click was a four-year starter at Gustavus Adolphus College where she earned four All-Conference selections and was a three-time all-Region honoree.
As a senior, Click guided her team to the most successful season in program history. The Gusties won the conference title, placed first in the NCAA Regional Tournament and finished third in the NCAA Division III Championship. Click was named to the Regional All-Tournament and the NCAA Championship Finals All-Tournament and the NFCA All-America teams. She was also the conference “Player of the Year” and the Gustavus Female “Athlete of the Year.” In the record books, Click holds the school career records in home runs (35), runs batted in (179) and slugging percentage (.835).
Off the field, Click had her fair share of academic accomplishments after receiving three COSIDA Academic All-America honors and earning a NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship.
The Rochester, Minn. native earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 2009. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in education with emphasis on sports management and leadership.
Sperl joins the Dolphins following a three-year stint as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash.
During that time, Sperl was responsible for the Viking defense - overseeing a unit that improved its fielding-percentage (.949 to .963) and committed 13 less errors to rank second in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in 2010. He also worked closely with the WWU hitters, who led the conference in walks and fewest strikeouts, while ranking second in the GNAC in on-base percentage each of the past two seasons.
As recruiting coordinator, Sperl’s 2008-09 recruiting classes resulted in eight starters and five all-GNAC performers. He also helped with fundraising off the diamond and was instrumental in helping create the Viking Bullpen Club, production of the Viking Softball media guide and social media ventures on Facebook and WWU Softball ‘Outside the Lines’.
Prior to coaching, Sperl has worked in the sports information realm during the last six years. He began his career as a sports information intern at the Central Collegiate Hockey Association in 2004-05. Sperl was the media relations contact for the nationally-ranked Michigan State ice hockey program during the 2005-06 season. He was also the assistant director of sports information at WWU, while fulfilling his softball coaching duties.
The Center Strafford, N. H. native received his bachelor degree in business marketing from Miami (OH) University in 2003.