Head Coach Amanda DeMoine
Contact information FOR COACH DEMOINE
Office phone: 419-358-3378
Bluffton University has named Amanda DeMoine as its head softball coach.
DeMoine has seven years of experience coaching in the NCAA, plus an additional four years of playing experience at Salisbury University, a top DIII program. During spring 2017, she served as an assistant coach at Coppin State University (Baltimore, Md.). Prior to that, she was an assistant coach at Susquehanna University (Selinsgrove, Pa.) for the 2015-16 season and an assistant coach at Stevenson University (Owings Mills, Md.) from 2011-2015. She will join Bluffton’s coaching staff in December.
“I am grateful for this opportunity and beyond excited to be able to work with the student-athletes, administrators, and staff here at Bluffton,” said DeMoine. “I hope to develop this program beyond being a leader in the conference, while also continuing the longstanding tradition of helping these women develop into great human beings. I especially want to thank Phill Talavinia for his support and I cannot wait to get started.”
The 2010 Salisbury graduate made a 2009 appearance at the DIII national championships where her team finished fifth. She was a team captain in her senior year and a four-time member of the Capital Athletic Conference All-Academic team while earning her bachelor’s degree in exercise science. DeMoine is currently completing a Master’s of Education in Coaching Education and Athlete Development from Xavier University.
As an assistant coach, DeMoine’s responsibilities included coaching, recruiting, overseeing academic progress, assisting with strength and conditioning, and organizing travel. She also organized and ran clinics at Stevenson and Susquehanna as well as camps for USA Preps, Triple Crown and Five Star Athletics.
Assistant Coach Janel Hayes
Contact information for Coach HAYES
Office phone: 419-358-3354
Janel Hayes will be entering her first year as an assistant softball coach at Bluffton University during the 2017-18 school year. Hayes will be joining first-year Head Coach Amanda DeMoine.
A four-year letterwinner for the Kent State University Golden Flashes, Hayes appeared in 42 games for Kent State, making 32 starts during her sophomore season as a utility player. The following year, she helped the team to back-to-back Mid-American Conference championships in the circle. During her senior campaign in 2017, Hayes also helped the Golden Flashes to a Mid-American Conference tournament championship where they received an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Waco Regional. Hayes was both a three-time Academic All-MAC and an NFCA Scholar-Athlete recipient.
Hayes currently resides in Bluffton, but is originally from Long Beach, Cal. She received her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Exercise Specialist from Kent State University in May of 2017. Her main duties will be working with the battery, game planning, recruiting and designing player workouts both in-season and for off seasons.