Welcome to the Ohio University Softball Camp Website! 

 

 

We are excited to share our passion and love of the game with you. We are committed to providing an excellent learning environment, accessibility to student-athletes and coaches, and a low coach-to-camper ratio. We will provide opportunities to improve your technical skills and knowledge of the game while having fun. We promise that you will be tired after your session of hard work with us! Ohio Softball is looking forward to working with YOU at camp!

 

Facilities

 

Ohio Softball Field

104 S Convocation Center, Athens, OH 45701

 

The Ohio Softball Field is one of the finest intercollegiate softball facilitie in the region, with a state-of-the-art playing surface and drainage system.Completed during the spring of 1999, the field stands alongside Bob Wren Stadium as just one of the venues that make up the Ohio Athletics Mall. Included among the amenities of the stadium are bullpens behind both the home and visitor sunken dugouts and a covered batting cage between the baseball and softball fields.In the summer of 2003, a new digital scoreboard was installed with more renovations being planned for the future. In 2017, permanent stadium bleachers and a coverd press box were set in place with more aesthetic designs to be completed in years to come. 

 

 

Walter Fieldhouse

50 South Green Drive, Athens, OH 45701

 

The Walter Fieldhouse is Campus Recreation’s newest facility completed in 2014. The 93,750 square foot indoor multipurpose pavilion houses a 100 yard AstroTurf football field with 2, 10-yard end zones, 2 All-American scoreboards, a 4-lane, 316 meter practice track, long jump and pole vault pits, golf and hitting cages, 2 filming platforms, and a netting system that can accommodate multiple and simultaneous events. The Walter Fieldhouse will be utilized for academic classes, OHIO Athletics, Marching 110 practices, Army and Air Force ROTC training, Intramural and Club Sports, and is also be open to all Ohio University students and the community during “Open Recreation” hours.

 

Walter Fieldhouse 

 

AVAILABLE EVENTS
Date Description Info
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January Jingle Ohio Softball Camp- January 21st
($160.00)
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Ohio Softball Coaching Staff
 
 
Jodi Hermanek - Head Coach
 

Jodi  HermanekExcitement, energy, and a commitment to excellence may be the words best used to describe Ohio University head softball coach Jodi Hermanek. Entering her tenth season at Ohio, Hermanek has already left an impression, whether it is the commitment to her team getting one percent better every day, or the excitement of the continuing success and advancement of Ohio softball.

 

Hired on July 17, 2008, as the 10th head coach in program history, Hermanek has totaled 357 wins, with 250 of those wins coming at the helm of Ohio.The Bobcats won 42 games in 2017 which is the most victories in program history, along with a MAC East championship. Ohio won its first-ever conference tournament championship and advanced to the national postseason tournament for the first time in 19 years with a 4-0 victory over No. 2-seeded Buffalo on May 10, 2014.

 

Hermanek came to Ohio after having built quite a resume in her four seasons as the head coach of Southern Utah University's softball program. In the four years, she claimed two regular-season Mid-Continent Conference championships as well as a pair of conference tournament titles. With those two tournament titles, her teams earned SUU's first-ever bids to the NCAA Softball Tournament. Under Hermanek's watch the team also rewrote virtually the entire Thunderbird record book, particularly the hitting sections, where every major record was set in the past four years.

 

Hermanek is married to Dr. David Horton Jr., an Assistant Professor in Counseling and Higher Education in the Patton College of Education. Together, they have a daughter, Emma Fay.

 

Coaching Background

Year

Team - Title

2009-Present           

Ohio University - Head Coach                               

2005-08

Southern Utah University - Head Coach

2003-04

Denton High School (Texas) - Head Coach

2000-03

Colorado State University-Pueblo - Assistant Coach

 

 

Jillian Van Wagnen - Assistant Coach / Recruiting Coordinator 
 
 
Jillian  Van WagnenJillian Van Wagnen enters her fourth season as an assistant coach for the Ohio University softball team in 2017-18.

Van Wagnen spent four years as a walk-on for the Ohio softball squad. While with the team, the outfielder started 161 games from 2009-12. She had a career .308 batting average with 118 hits and 75 runs scored. Van Wagnen also accumulated 69 stolen bases, which is second all-time in school history.

After graduating from Ohio with a degree in physical education, Van Wagnen worked as an assistant coach for the Newman University softball team in Wichita, Kan. While there, Van Wagnen worked with the outfielders and focused on slap hitting and base stealing.

Van Wagnen also served as the director of operations with the Wichita Mustangs Softball Academy where she supervised daily operations within the organizations. Recently, Van Wagnen has served as a long-term physical education teacher at Longfellow Middle School in Lorain, Ohio. She also served as the assistant softball coach for the Lorain High School varsity softball team.

 

Jeremy Manley - Assistant Coach

Jeremy  Manley

Jeremy Manley enters his second season as an assistant coach for the Ohio University softball team in 2017-18.

 

Prior to Ohio University, Manley was a volunteer assistant at Illinois during the 2014-15 season. While there, Manley mainly dealt with the pitching staff and helped the development of the offense with the ability to throw batting practice. In his one season at Illinois, Manley helped the offense to a program-best .324 batting average and a .524 slugging percentage.

 

Manley has served as a softball coach and pitching instructor in both New Zealand and Central Illinois, ranging from private individual lessons to the high school and junior college level. Manley comes to the Illini most recently after serving as the assistant varsity softball coach for the 2013 and 2014 seasons at Tri-Valley High School in Downs, Illinois, where he worked with the pitching staff to develop their pitching skills and abilities and helped his student-athletes reach their goals of playing softball beyond high school.

 

A New Zealand native, Manley supervised and directed pitching and catching camps for the 18U Junior Black Sox, the New Zealand junior national team, and assisted the Softball New Zealand organization with pitching development throughout the country. Additionally, he served as a volunteer assistant coach to the 18U BNGSA Angels in Bloomington, Illinois.

 

A World Champion pitcher, Manley led the Black Sox, the New Zealand Men's National Team, to the International Softball Federation Men's Fastpitch World Series title in 2013, where he earned the Kevin Herlihy Memorial Trophy for Most Valuable Pitcher, the only individual honor awarded at the event. The world championship followed a second-place finish at the 2009 ISF Men's World Series. A Black Sox member since 2006, Manley was named Softball New Zealand Pitcher of the Year four times (2006, 2010, 2011, 2013) and played in tournaments in Japan, Australia, Argentina, Samoa, Canada and New Zealand. In addition to his most recent pitching honor, Manley was named International Softball Congress All-World three times, including first team selections in 2009 and 2010, and he earned Amateur Softball Association All-America selections in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2014 and 2015.

 

Manley graduated from Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand, in December 2013 with a Bachelor's of Science in exercise science with an emphasis on management and coaching. A full scholarship student-athlete, he was a three-time Massey University Blues Award winner, the highest sporting accolade given in the NZ tertiary system.

 

Brooke Donovan - Assistant Coach / Camp Coordinator 

Donovan comes to Athens after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach and graduate assistant at Wesley College.

 

While at Wesley, Donovan earned her Master's Degree in Sport Leadership. Prior to her stint at Wesley, Donovan was four-year starter at Costal Carolina. While there she held a .243 batting average with 158 hits in 648 at bats. She recorded 34 doubles, 10 home runs and 65 RBI. She also holds the program record with 234 games played and started. In 2012 she was named to the Big South All-Tournament Team after helping guide Coastal Carolina to the Big South Tournament Title.