Aug. 24, 2012
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Softball has made two additions to its coaching staff, the program announced on Friday. Joining Head Coach Jodi Hermanek in the dugout this season will be Kelly Miller and Taylor Schlopy, who were both hired on as assistant coaches.
Miller comes to Athens from Loretto, Pa., where she was the assistant coach at Saint Francis University. She served as the acting head coach during the months of January and February of the 2012 season. At Saint Francis she worked with student-athletes on their hitting technique, slapping, short game and base running. While at Saint Francis, she had a hand in increasing batting average productivity for all returning starters, increasing the team's home run total, decreasing the team's strikeouts by 84 and increasing the team's slugging and on-base percentages. Her defensive skill set is impressive, as she worked with middle infielders, corner infielders, pitchers and outfielders during her time in Loretto.
Before Saint Francis, Miller was an assistant coach at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Ga. While there, she was heavily involved in recruiting, strength and conditioning training, as well as the development of offensive and defensive skills.
Miller played softball at Purdue University and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree. A standout infielder for the Boilermakers, Miller was a Second Team All-Mideast Region selection, a Third Team All-Big Ten selection and helped her school to its first ever NCAA Regional appearance. She then earned a Masters of Kinesiology while serving as an assistant coach in Milledgeville.
"Kelly's energy and passion for the development of the student-athlete is something that excites me about her coaching style," said Hermanek. "Her story as a student-athlete is one which shows that hard work and effort pays off and that commitment to coaches, teammates and the program can help you to achieve a higher level."
Schlopy travels from one Athens to another to begin her time with the Bobcats, as she spent time as both a player and an intern with the nationally ranked University of Georgia Softball Program. An incredibly consistent player for the Bulldogs, Schlopy started 252 games and hit .354 during her four years in Athens. The outfielder belted 41 home runs, drove in 149 runs and scored 255 of her own. She also brings significant international and professional experience to the Bobcats, as she played for the Akron Racers during the past two seasons and started on the USA Softball Team in 2009 at the Japan Cup.
Nationally recognized for her stellar play in college, Schlopy was a Second Team All-American, named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll, the All-SEC First Team, the All-Southeast Region Team and First Team All-America by Louisville Slugger/NFCA and Easton.
Most recently, Schlopy spent time at Arkansas State, organizing and helping to run a player clinic. This was shortly after she spent the fall of 2011 interning with the University of Georgia Softball Program, where she ran offensive and defensive practices for the Bulldogs.
"Taylor has an impressive pedigree at the highest levels of the game," Hermanek said. "She has performed on the biggest stages in softball. With that, I'm honored to bring her hitting style, mechanics and eye within the staff. We've traditionally been a heavily offensive-minded program and I think that coach Schlopy is really going to assist in the growth of our student-athletes for years to come."
Ohio Softball begins the fall season at the Ohio State Charity Classic on Sept. 29. The Bobcats will return home the next day to take on Ohio Valley and Charleston (W.Va.).