Veteran member of Jodi Hermanek's staff honored for commitment to program
Associate Head Coach Jenna Hall is beginning her fifth season at Ohio and her fourth year under head coach Jodi Hermanek in 2012. She was promoted from Assistant Coach to Associate Head Coach in December 2011.
A former player at some of the highest levels of the sport, Hall continues to establish her name as a talented coach. In her four years in Athens, she has helped guide the program to the finals of the Mid-American Conference Tournament twice, and the most conference wins in an eight-year period in 2010. In addition, she has overseen arguably the most productive offenses in school history during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
After Hall helped coach the `Cats to in inch of postseason berth in 2008, she worked with an offense in 2009 that recorded offensive marks that rank among the top 10 in school history in seven offensive categories, including hitting (fourth), runs scored (eighth), hits (10th), home runs (fourth), doubles (t-fifth), triples (t-fourth) and RBI (ninth). As an encore, Hall helped the 2010 offense record the 10th highest batting average and RBI, in addition to breaking the schools home run record with 33.
The Ohio offense continued to grow its power numbers under Hall during the 2011 season. She topped the single-season record of 33 home runs during the 2010 season, with a new program-record 35 during 2011. The Bobcats also tallied 190 RBIs in 2011, which is the third-best total in single-season history.
Under her tutelage, the 2009 `Cats' hit conference-best .292 as a team, while their .351 on base percentage also ranked tops in the league. In addition, Ohio ranked second in the MAC in both slugging percentage at .414 and in doubles with 65, and ranked third in RBI (172), triples (13) and total bases (522). That was followed by a 2010 squad that hit .278 in MAC play and ranked second in team ERA in conference play.
In addition to helping produce productive offenses, Hall also shown her ability to develop talent in her two years in Athens. Both Courtney Waters (2008) and Alexis Joseph (2009) have garnered All-Region recognition under her coaching, with Joseph receiving first-team honors. She has coached 10 All-MAC players in her first two seasons at Ohio. Hall's abilities on the recruiting trails have also shown. She has been key in recruiting three players that have garnered All-MAC or All-MAC Freshman team honors in their rookie seasons, including Joseph, Brooke Morgart and Lauren Gellerman. She also helped Emily Wethington break the school's single-season home run record in 2010, and set the career mark during the 2011 campaign.
Hall came to Athens after having served as the student assistant coach at Illinois under head coach Terri Sullivan. While at Illinois, she left her mark on the program as a four-year starter and team captain, in addition to planting her name in the school's record books.
The Fighting Illini's all-time record holder for best career and single-season batting averages, Hall is also the program's all-time single-season fielding percentage record holder. As a senior, she led the nation in walks and was a finalist for the USA Softball Player of the Year Award. She was also selected to the NFCA All-American First Team and was a NFCA Scholar Athlete. She graduated in May 2007 with a degree in history.
Hall recently concluded up her professional career playing for the Philadelphia Force, a professional team with the National Pro Fastpitch League. In her first year with the Force, she was selected to the NPF All-Star Team.