TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011
Lehotak chosen as camp clinician at Women’s College World Series
Head softball coach Amanda Lehotak will represent JU on a national level this week as she was chosen by her peers to be a camp clinician at the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Lehotak will be a part of the Powerade NCAA Youth Clinic, a community outreach program that connects kids ages 8-16 with the basketball, baseball and softball championships. Participants receive instruction from NCAA coaches and student-athletes on fitness, healthy lifestyles and sportsmanship. The clinics also feature a session for parents and guardians with information on recruiting, academic and eligibility issues.

Joining Lehotak for the clinic will be senior Katie Kelly and junior Sarah Sigrest, who each plan to coach following their careers with the Dolphins.

“I’m honored to be chosen for this event,” said Lehotak. “I love teaching softball and excited that I get to represent our school at this event. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity so I’m glad we get a chance to do it.”

Lehotak is coming off of her strongest year at JU after leading the Dolphins to the A-Sun regular season and tournament titles in 2011 to earn A-Sun “Coach of the Year” honors. JU won 26 of its final 30 games en route to a school record 44 victories. The Dolphins also posted a program best 22 home wins, including 16 in a row (the fourth-highest nationally).

Kelly, who didn’t miss a game in her four years, finished as JU career leader in hits (207), runs (111), doubles (38), RBI (103), at bats (674), total bases (277) and assists (357). She also hit a career-best .426 in A-Sun play this season to earn second team all-conference accolades.

Sigrest was named A-Sun “Pitcher of the Year” after posting single-season records in wins (27), strikeouts (208), ERA (1.10) and shutouts (10). She posted a 12-0 mark with an 0.56 ERA in her final 13 appearances before the NCAA Tournament to receive Louisville Slugger/NFCA second team all-region honors.