MOBILE, ALABAMA – The American Softball Association (ASBA) is pleased to announce the return of Coach Jen Petteys for the 2019 season. Petteys, who is in her seventh season as Head Coach at York College of Pennsylvania, joined the ASBA as the Head Coach for the E1 Pro Ballers last year in mid-July.
Petteys orchestrated an incredible turnaround in the softball program at York College of PA. She has taken her team to the post season tournament every year since she took over and has also developed multiple athletes who have received high accolades. Under her tutelage, the softball program boasted a 3.59 GPA, which was
12th in the nation out of 451 schools for the 2017-18 academic year.
An accomplished player at St. John Fisher College in Rochester NY, Petteys propelled her team to 106 victories including a school-record 39 wins in 1999. Petteys still holds single-season records for hits (72 in 1999) and stolen bases (21 in 1996), and is second in runs scored (52 in 1999) and sacrifices (21 in 1999). For her career, she currently holds school records for hits (223) and on base percentage (.502). Petteys is in the NCAA Division III record book for at bats in a season (174) and she was inducted into the St. John Fisher Athletic Hall of Fame on September 28, 2006.
“Coaching at the professional level and being involved with ASBA’s grassroots effort to grow the game was a humbling experience that I was honored to be a part of,” said Petteys. “The challenge of entering the league halfway through the season was offset by the E1 players responding to the transition like true pros and the
amazing hospitality and support of the community. The players demonstrated tremendous grit and, once unified, they played with the heart of true competitors until their last out which was an effort that I was proud of. I am excited to spend another summer in Alabama with the amazing athletes chosen for the 2019 season!”
Petteys will decide which athlete hears her name called first on June 5th at the 2019 ASBA Draft. The first overall pick belongs to Petteys and the E1 Pro Ballers, who are sponsored by the E1 Prospects, an organization with youth-level teams in California and Arizona. The E1 Prospects look to create life changing opportunities for student-athletes and strive to provide a positive environment for players and families. They work to increase exposure to college coaches by producing skills videos and hosting a variety of tournaments, showcases and camps.
“When Jen took over the team last season, E1 was already cemented in the cellar,” says Michael Chiaradio, CEO of ASBA. “But, she came in, raised morale, built confidence and battled as if they were in first place. She is an amazing person and we’re lucky to have her.”
The ASBA is built on a revenue-sharing model that guarantees an equal distribution between players and the league. Salaries are paid from all softball related income which includes, but is not limited to, ticket sales, proceeds from the ASBA Network, local sponsorship agreements, and merchandise sales.
The ASBA is a professional women’s softball league returning to Satsuma, Alabama for its second year in June and is looking for additional host families and local sponsors for the 2019 season.
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