WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2005
JU Names Amanda Lehotak Assistant Softball Coach

Aug. 17, 2005

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - JU hs hired Amanda Lehotak as an assistant softball coach, first-year head coach Melissa Gentile announced today. Lehotak comes to JU after serving the past season as an assistant coach at Missouri Western State College, where she helped lead the Griffons to a 48-20 overall record and a spot it the Division II North Central Regionals. Gentile was named the Dolphins' second head coach on July 27.

Lehotak, who's duties included recruiting, infielders and hitting, helped the Missouri Western offense rank first in the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association in hits (534), home runs (72), doubles (92), RBI (295) and second in batting average (.289). The Griffons also set MIAA records for home runs in game (7) and home runs in a season (72). Individually, first baseman Amy Beverly earned Second-Team All-America honors after leading the MIAA with a .419 batting average, 93 hits, a .761 slugging percentage, 24 doubles and 67 RBI.

"I'm excited to bring Amanda's level of coaching and playing experience to JU," said Gentile, who spent the last two seasons as an assistant at Eastern Michigan. "She was a standout player and has evolved into an even better coach. Amanda's recruiting skills, which is just one of her strengths, will serve as the building block for our future success here at JU. She will be a huge asset to our softball program as we look to win our first A-Sun Championship."

Prior to Missouri Western, Lehotak served as the interim assistant coach at College (Neb.) of St. Mary where she helped lead the Flames to a No. 12 NAIA national ranking, a Region IV title and a Midland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament crown in 2004. Individually, first baseman Danielle Workman earned NAIA All-America honors.

Lehotak began her coaching career as an assistant coach at her alma mater Daniel J. Gross (Neb.) High School in 2003, where she managed hitting and outfield instruction and was in charge of fundraising. Individually, eight of her players were selected to the all-state team.

In her playing career, Lehotak was a two-year starter as an infielder at the University of Nebraska at Omaha from 2002-03 and led the Mavericks to an 84-22 overall record. As a senior, she earned Third-Team National Fastpitch Collegiate Softball All-America, all-region and First-Team North Central Conference accolades after leading the squad with 49 runs scored and four triples. As a junior, she earned all-region and First-Team All-NCC honors after leading the Mavericks with 42 runs, 67 hits and 19 doubles. She also received NCC All-Academic accolades in 2003.

Prior to Nebraska-Omaha, Lehotak was a two-year starter as a utility player at the University of Mississippi from 2000-01. As a freshman, she led Ole Miss with a .286 batting average and a program-record 62 hits. As a sophomore, she finished the year with a .222 average, 35 hits and a team-high 21 runs scored.

Lehotak earned her bachelor's degree in family science with a minor in psychology at Nebraska-Omaha in 2003 and is currently working on her master's degree in sports coaching at the United States Sports Academy.