Jenna Hall coaching Erin Lashley in 2011
Dec. 6, 2011
ATHENS, Ohio – Jenna Hall has been named Associate Head Coach of Ohio Softball, the program announced Tuesday. A veteran in the coaching ranks who is about to begin her fifth season with Ohio Softball, Hall embodies a level of experience and professionalism appreciated by Head Coach Jodi Hermanek.
“It’s a really nice honor,” said Hall. “It doesn’t really change what you do, but it’s a nice gesture of respect from the head coach. I appreciate Coach Hermanek doing that for me.”
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.
“Jenna has been a very loyal coach and has played an important role in the academic and athletic development of our program,” said Hermanek. “Working with her and the camaraderie that she has developed both in her coaching and playing career is a huge catalyst for the success that we’ve had.”
Ohio’s offense only got better in the 2011 season, with the Bobcats setting a new program mark in home runs (35) and a top-three mark in RBIs (190). She was an integral part in helping one of Ohio’s hitters—Emily Wethington—rank in the top six of the Mid-American Conference offensive statistics for 2011.
“She’s really given everything to the program,” Hermanek said. “Her dedication and perseverance have been great. She has an extreme amount of responsibility on our staff: from recruiting to travel and budgetary responsibilities, I feel like those are intricate points within our program that help build a championship team. With her work, experience and knowledge for the game, I really felt like it was more than appropriate for her to earn the Associate title.”
Coming off a very strong 2011 season in which the Bobcats were crowned MAC East Champions and narrowly lost in the conference championship series, the future is bright for the Green and White.
“You can verbalize how you feel about a program, but I feel like this shows my commitment to Ohio’s program and what we’ve been doing over the last four or five years,” added Hall. “Not only am I dedicated to it, but I really believe in the University and what we’re doing as a program.”
The Bobcats will begin the 2012 season at the USC Upstate Classic in Spartanburg, S.C. on Feb. 10. During the three-day tournament, the Bobcats will face off against St. Bonaventure, Western Carolina, Detroit and USC Upstate.