Paul Saikia, York College's assistant dean for athletics and recreation, announced on Monday that Jen Petteys has been named as the Spartans' new head softball coach.

Petteys replaces former head coach Nicki Starry, who left the program in late November. She is the fourth full-time head coach in program history and the seventh coach since the inception of the program.

Petteys was a Hall of Fame player at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y., and has coaching experience at a variety of levels. She began her coaching journey after graduating from St. John Fisher in 1999.

Petteys was the girls' varsity softball coach for eight years at Canajoharie (N.Y) High School, where she compiled a 90-47-1 record. Petteys then spent two seasons at SUNY Cobleskill as assistant softball coach for the Fighting Tigers. This past summer, Petteys was hired as assistant softball coach at Herkimer County Community College. The Generals were 38-6 overall, 33-1 in the region, 12-0 in the Mountain Valley Conference and finished fifth at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Softball National Championship Tournament.

She recently served as president and head coach of the Tri-Valley Aces travel softball organization. Petteys was the head coach of the team that went 49-13 during the summer of 2012. That record included a top-five finish at the 16-and-under Eastern National Tournament in Sterling, Va.


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Petteys will begin her duties at York on Jan. 14. Her Spartan squad opens their campaign on Feb. 16 at the Emory University Invitational in Atlanta, Ga.

York College finished 14-24 last season, including a 6-6 mark in the Capital Athletic Conference.

OTHER YORK COLLEGE NOTE

SPARTANS SWEPT IN SWIMMING: The York College swimming teams were swept by Rowan on Monday in Glassboro, N.J.

The York men's team fell, 166-82, while the women's team dropped a 149-106 decision. In the men's meet, Andy Woods got York's only win in the 100-yard backstroke. The York men fell to 5-7-1. Lindsey Buglino got the only win for the women's team in the 200-yard individual medley. The Spartan women fell to 5-8.