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Title IX Honorees Announced!

Commemorative Title IX shirts available at Firestone Stadium this Saturday
Below is the complete list of Title IX honorees for the Saturday, June 23 - 40th Anniversary of Title IX Celebration at Firestone Stadium. Honorees are encouraged to contact the Racers at 330-376-8188 to secure your free tickets and confirm your participation in the pre-game ceremony.

The original special that appeared in the Akron Beacon Journal can be seen online here.

Toni Hileman
Positions: Pitcher / First Baseman
High School: Marlington High School
Colleges: Ohio University / The Ohio State University
Toni Hileman began her successful pitching career at Marlington High School where she was awarded the Northeastern Buckeye Conference’s (NBC) Player of the Year award two consecutive years (1995, 1996). Under the NBC, she was also a four-time first team winner and two-time first team all-Ohio winner. In 1996 she did not surrender any runs during a 7-0 streak in the OHSAA Championship [in a run of 49 total innings].
During her time short time spent with Ohio University as a freshman starter, she held a record of 200.1 innings pitched, won the All-Mac 2nd team award in 1997, and was the team’s MVP that same year.
In 1999, while at The Ohio State University, she had a total of 74 strikeouts, won pitcher of the year, and pitched a shutout game. She was a 3-year letter winner at OSU as well and ended her softball career in 2000.
Courtney Pruner
Position: Pitcher / Outfielder
Hometown: Akron, Ohio
High School: Ellet High School
College: The Ohio State University
Coaching Career: Cleveland State University
                                Ellet High School
Courtney Pruner led Ellet High School to city and sectional titles all four years of her high school pitching career. Softball, being one of the many sports she was active in, honored her with first-team all-city honors all four years as well. In 2005 she won Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year. That same year she threw a no-hitter as Ellet defeated Boardman and held the OHSAA record for home runs in a career.
At The Ohio State University, Pruner smashed seven home runs, the second-most ever by a freshman. She tied the OSU freshman record for 4 triples and 27 walks. She was one of only two left hand pitchers in the Big Ten her first two seasons. Despite missing her sophomore season due to surgery, Pruner left Ohio State with 26 home runs and 101 runs batted in.
Currently, Pruner is the Cleveland State Vikings Assistant Softball Coach. She also coaches the Ohio Power softball team located just outside of Richfield, Ohio.
Brittany Vanderink
Position: Second Baseman
Hometown: Hiram, Ohio
High School: Crestwood High School
College: The Ohio State University
Brittany Vanderink led Crestwood High School to the 2003 OHSAA Div. I State Championship. In 2004, she won Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year and was Ohio’s all-time leader with a career batting average of .589. She also represented the state at the Junior Olympic Softball Tryouts earning all-American honors.
At The Ohio State University, Vanderink was one of the top contact hitters ever to play for the university. She led the team in hits (64), at bats (192), sac bunts (14), and average with 3 outs (.333). In 2006, she was first-team all-Big Ten, first-team all-region, and was named senior captain of the Buckeyes in 2008.
Tracee McCoy
Position: Shortstop / Second Baseman
Hometown: Akron, Ohio
High School: Ellet High School
College: University of Akron
Professional Career: Akron Racers (2003)
Coaching Career: Marshall University (2003)
       Twinsburg High School (2008)
Tracee McCoy has been playing and coaching softball for over ten years. While playing for Ellet High School, she was named Cleveland Plain Dealer’s and Akron City’s Player of the Year (1999).
In her time at the University of Akron, McCoy led her team in hitting, batting average (.327), RBIs (110), and slugging percentage her senior year. She was a two-time, first team all-Mid American Conference selection and also received all-Great Lakes Region honors. She ranks third on the MAC career home run list and was offensive Player of the Year in 2003.
While receiving her Master’s degree from Marshall University, McCoy signed to play professional softball in the WPSL for the Akron Racers. After her three years with the Racers she went on to coach at Twinsburg High School.
Amy (Madrin) Mathia
Position: Pitcher
Hometown: Akron, Ohio
High School: Archbishop Hoban High School
College: University of Akron
Amy Madrin Mathia was a dominant pitcher for Archbishop Hoban High School and a key factor in dominating the 1986 State Championship. She was the 1986 Akron Beacon Journal Softball Player of the Year. She ended her high school career with a 48-7 record and a .51 ERA. She was inducted into the Hoban Athletic Hall of Fame in March of 2012.
Mathia continued her career at the University of Akron and earned a spot in the Varsity “A” Softball Hall of Fame in 2000. She ranks second in career victories on the University of Akron’s all-time list.
Tina (Mayreis) Smith
Position: Catcher
High School: Springfield High School
College: University of Akron
Tina Smith started her legacy at Springfield High School and was inducted into the Springfield High Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Summit County Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.
Smith went on to earn four letters at the University of Akron and was voted a first-team All-American catcher twice. She batted a .319 her freshman and sophomore year. Smith was voted team captain in 1984 and held a leading batting average of .410, ranking her 11th in the nation. She helped Akron to a NCAA Division II All-Mid-Atlantic Regional championship.
Dani (Vance) Crookston 
Position: Pitcher
High School: Manchester High School
College: University of Akron
Dani Vance was certainly a dominant player during her seasons (1981-84) with the University of Akron softball team. Dani dominated the high school ranks while pitching for Manchester, where in 1993 she was inducted into the Panther's Sports Hall of Fame. She continued her winning ways at UA for head coach Joey Arrietta.
During Vance's career she appeared in more games (62), won more games (45) and struck out more batters (297) than any other pitcher in Zip softball history. Dani's earned run average (ERA) was 0.33 in 1983 and 0.26 in '84, which gave her a career ERA of 0.617 - still the record to beat today. Also included in her pitching statistics are 4 no hitters and a 17-strikeout performance against Muskingum in 1983, another all-time record she still holds. However, Vance's finest hour came in the 1984 NCAA II Tournament when she out-pitched Sacred Heart's Deby Tidy, 2-1, in a 15-inning semifinal marathon. As a freshman Dani was voted University Akron's Caroline Pardee Female Athlete of the Year. She would go on to capture the honor in 1983 and '84, the only female athlete at the University Akron to ever do so.
Vance would cap off her career by being selected second team on both the National Softball Coaches Association's All-America squad and on the CoSIDA Academic All-America team. She then became the first University Akron female athlete to have her number (8) retired. In 1994, Dani was inducted into the University of Akron's Sports Hall of Fame. She and her husband, Steve, have two daughters and currently reside in Wadsworth.
Julie Jones
Hometown: Akron, Ohio
College: Baldwin Wallace
Coaching Career: University of Akron (2007 – present)
                        Cleveland State University (1993 – 96) Assistant Softball Coach
                        Cleveland State University (1994 – 97) Compliance Coordinator
                        Cleveland State University (1996 – 06) Head Softball Coach
Julie Jones has been involved in collegiate softball as a student-athlete and coach for over 23 years. Currently the head coach of the University of Akron Zips softball team, Jones has impacted the lives of her players on and off the field with her philosophy of “The Three C’s: Caring, Communication and Class.”
During her tenure at Cleveland State University, Jones guided 34 all-conference selections, a league Player of the Year, and three Pitcher of the Year award winners. In 2009 with the Zips, Jones led the softball program to their best finish in seven years, posting a 35-24 record (11-10 in MAC play) that saw the team make quite the run during the Mid American Conference, winning three games in one day to secure a place in the semi-finals.
Her greatest impact undoubtedly comes in the lives she has benefited through coaching softball. Most recently, Jones was part of the 2012 graduating class of Leadership Akron, a highly selective group composed of accomplished men and women who reflect the diversity of the greater Akron region.
Tess Sito
Hometown: Elyria, Ohio
High School: Elyria High School
College: University of Georgia / Cleveland State University
A four-year letter winner at Elyria, Tess Sito was a standout softball player for Elyria High School, winning a state championship in 2009. Sito earned Gatorade Softball Player of the Year honors as a junior and senior in high school, becoming just the second player ever in Ohio to earn the award in consecutive years.
At Cleveland State, Sito was named Horizon Player of the Year in 2010 and 2011. In 2010 she set single-season records for hits (74), home runs (18) and runs (51) while hitting .409, stealing 39 bases and drawing 29 walks and producing 45 RBIs.
This season at the University of Georgia, Sito batted .305 with 61 hits, 45 runs, eight home runs, two triples, 35 RBIs, a .490 slugging percentage and a .366 on-base percentage, helping her Bulldogs reach the Super Regionals in NCAA competition.
Jessica Toocheck
High School: Medina
College: Kent State
Professional Career: Akron Racers
Coaching Career: Medina High School Head Coach (2011 – present)
Jessica Toocheck has come full circle in her softball career. She’s played ball at Medina High School, went on to become Mid-American Conference Player of the Year at Kent State, and played professionally for two years with the Akron Racers before returning to Medina High School in 2009 as an assistant coach. Toocheck was named head coach of Medina High School in 2011.
This season, Medina reached the Division I State Tournament for the first time in school history after posting a 24-5 record in just her second year as the head coach.
Mary Ann King
High School: St. Vincent-St. Mary High School
College: Kent State University
Career: Assistant Athletic Administrator
Mary Ann King earned All-American honors as a softball player at Kent State University and in 1997 she was inducted into the Akron Amateur Softball Hall of Fame. During this time she also coached girls basketball at Archbishop Hoban High School from 1979-1990. As the coach, she led the team to their first and only OHSAA Division II State Title in 1988. In 1981, she became the first softball coach in the school’s history and remained the coach through 1991. Under her tenure the team won five OHSAA Division II State Softball Titles with over 32 of her students earning college scholarships.
Becky (Bailey) Brant
Position: First Baseman
High School: Tallmadge High School
College: University of Akron
An all time letter winner with the Akron Zips, Bailey won Offensive Player of the Year as a freshman in 1982. She led the team the three consecutive years after that in number of putouts (1,064). Her honors include All-American and the NCAA Division II All-Mid-Atlantic Region Championship in 1985. Bailey was also inducted into the Varsity “A” Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.
Deann Viebrantz
High School: Lake High School
College: University of Akron
Career: Assistant Athletic Administrator
A graduate of Lake High School, Deann Viebrantz was a three-sport star before playing both basketball and softball for the University of Akron (1981-84). In 1981, she became the first Lake High School female to receive an athletic scholarship. Viebratz is an inductee of the Akron Zips Hall of Fame, Summit County Hall of Fame and was captain of the Lady Zips in 1984 – the same year the team finished runner-up for the NCAA Division II National Championship. In her senior season at UA, Viebrantz posted a .982 fielding percentage, established UA single-season records with 24 SAC, 24 stolen bases, and a .357 batting average.
As a Zip, Viebranz was named an All-American in 1984 and was selected NCAA Division II All-Mid-Atlantic Region player in the same year. She was inducted into the University of Akron Varsity “A” Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. Viebranz is a breast cancer survivor in 2009 and is currently battling toward another victory against cancer today.
Kathleen Jordan-Hohl
High School: St. Vincent-St. Mary High School
College: University of Akron
Kathleen Jordan Hohl is a 2003 St. Vincent-St. Mary Athletic Hall of Fame inductee and a 2004 University of Akron Varsity “A” Sports Hall of Fame member. A member of the Zips softball team, Jordan-Hohl was named MVP of the squad in 1988.
Adrianne Cole
Position: Shortstop
High School: Coventry High School
College: Mount Union College
Adrianne Cole works for the Akron General Wellness center in Montrose and started her 6th season as Head Trainer of the Akron Racers professional softball team. While playing at Mount Union College she earned 1st Team All-OAC, 1st Team All-Region, All-American and in 1998 was invited to try out for the USA Olympic Team in St. Louis.
Cole attended Mount Union College from 1996-2001 and holds records for batting average, hits, triples, runs, and stolen bases. Cole also holds NCAA Division III records for stolen bases and ranks 7th all-time with 134 stolen bases in 153 games. Cole graduated with a degree in Athletic Training and Education; she has a Masters degree in Sports Management from Kent State (2003).
Kay Piper
Position: Shortstop
High School: Norton High School
College: University of Akron
Outstanding athletes like Kay Piper emerge only about once a decade. At the University of Akron between 1981 and 1985, Piper excelled in softball, earning four letters. As a shortstop, Piper became the University of Akron’s only three-time all-American winner in women’s sports, including first team berths in 1983 and in 1984. Piper led the Zips in batting in 1983 with a .451 average and a .390 in ’84 when UA won 48 of 54 games.
When the Zip nine went 51-10 in 1985, Piper batted .446 and blasted 15 home runs to lead the nation’s NCAA II players. She also led the nation in RBI’s (54) and triples (9). Kay currently holds four individual game, six season and seven career records at UA. Her offensive output was greatly responsible for guiding UA to national runner-up finishes in 1984 and ’85 where she was voted All-Tournament both years. The laurels continued when Piper was selected as one of four collegiate players named to the U.S. National Team that toured Australia in 1985. In 1982 and again in 1985, Piper was given the Caroline Pardee Female Athlete of the Year Award. UA has inducted Kay into its Sports Hall of Fame.
Renee (Vance) Richardson
Name: Renee (Vance) Richardson
High School: Manchester High School
College: University of Akron
It is said that records are made to be broken. Renee (Vance) Richardson’s sister, Dani, broke most of the University of Akron's pitching records during her four seasons (1981-84) but during her four years at UA, (1983-86) Renee re-broke all 16 pitching records that UA maintains.
Renee's most impressive season came in 1985 when she pitched Akron to 25 of its 51 wins on the way to another second place finish in the NCAA II Tournament. Her performance, which included a record-breaking 144 strikeouts, a .51 era and a .292 batting average, earned her an all-America second team slot. In addition, Vance was named the team's MVP and was voted onto the NCAA II All-Tournament squad.
She also earned UA's Caroline Pardee Female Athlete of the Year Award in 1986. She was named Pitcher of the Year for three years in a row (1984-86). During her four-year career in which Akron put together a win-loss record of 164-37-3, Vance accumulated 56 wins, 341 strikeouts in 522 2/3 innings, a .79 era and a .325 batting average.
Renee also joined Dani Vance Crookston as the only sisters inducted into the Summit County Sports Hall of Fame.
Cheryl (Vance) Nash
High School: Manchester High School
College: University of Akron
Cheryl (Vance) Nash attended Manchester high school where she was a member of the 1979 State Championship team. She letter all four years while she attended the University of Akron. She played catcher for the Zips. She was inducted into the Swede Olsson/James R France Hall of Fame in 1993.
Sheilah Gulas
College: Clarion University
Coaching Career: Allegheny College, Wittenberg University, and Ashland University (Current)
Sheilah Gulas has been an educator, inspirer, and softball professional for over 25 years. As of March 2011, Gulas held 498 wins on the Ashland University bench and 700 wins total during her 25 years as a college head coach. Throughout her tenure at Ashland, Gulas has never experienced a losing season.
In the 2010-11 season, Gulas and the eagles advanced to the NCAA Division II playoffs for the third consecutive year. She has guided the Eagles to three Great Lackes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) tournament championships. In 2009 and 2010, Gulas received the GLIAC Coach of the Year award.
Gulas has created and built upon some of the most quality and successful players in Ashland University’s history. There is no doubt that she has left her legacy with each program and player’s life she has been apart of.
Merrylou Windhorst
High School: Our Lady of the Elms
College: University of Akron
Coaching Career: St. Vincent-St. Mary High School
Merrylou Windhorst has been an influence to many students and softball players among her 30 years plus coaching career. She started the first girl’s softball program at Our Lady of the Elms in 1967 and the first at STVM shortly thereafter. She remained at STVM for almost 40 years after that, coaching and currently still teaching.
Windhorst coached the Fighting Irish to OHSAA state titles in 1979 and 1984, won five district crowns, and sent many players to collegiate programs. The National Association of Softball Coaches named Windhorst Coach of the Year in 1985and the OHSAA presented her with a commemorative award after coaching her 200th victory. She received Dapper Dan awards in the ‘80s and was inducted into the St. Vincent-St. Mary Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.
In 2005, Windhorst was inducted into the Summit County Sports Hall of Fame. She continues to teach Health, P.E., Family Studies, and Religion at STVM High today.
Alanna (Barker) Comfort
Position: Pitcher
High School: Springfield High School
College: Ohio University
Coaching Career: Muskingham University
Alanna (Barker) Comfort pitched Springfield High to four unparalleled consecutive Division I state softball titles in 1992, ’93, ’94, and ’95. In 1992, she threw a perfect game in the semi-finals of the state tournament and in 1993, she pitched a no-hitter in the finals. She was named Northeastern Buckeye Conference Player of the Year and was selected as a World High School all-American. Comfort holds the record for second in most individual wins in pitching with 31 wins and fourth in most career wins with 93. She received scholarship to play at Ohio University where she pitched successfully for two seasons.
Comfort then began passing on her exceptional pitching knowledge to others, working as a pitching coach, instructor, and giving private lessons. In 2011, she joined Muskingham University to help teach and improve young, growing pitchers. Comfort was inducted into the Summit County Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.
Karen Linder
College: Otterbein College
Coaching Career: Eastern Kentucky, Union College, Ashland University, Kent State University
Karen Linder has coaching in her blood and has been doing it for about 30 years. She holds a career record of 681-550-1 and has recruited or coached 10 Academic all-Americans, 6 all-Americans, 2 NCAA postgraduate scholarship winners, and has won 11 conference titles.
The daughter of legendary Otterbein baseball coach Richard Fishbaugh became the second coach in the family to be inducted into the Otterbein Athletic Hall of Fame. She was also named Outstanding Female Athlete as a senior at Otterbein in 1980.
Linder joined Ashland University’s softball program shortly after and won the 1990, ’93, and ’94 conference titles. The 1996 Eagles were ranked as high as 7th in the national poll and placed second in the NCAA Division II regional. Her overall record with the Eagles was 253-200-1 (.588) during her last four seasons.
The fifth head coach in Kent State’s 36-year history, Linder took over in 1996. She has earned three MAC Coach of the Year honors (2004, 2008, 2010), posted a 428-350 (.561) overall record, a 215-126 (.630) MAC mark, and seven 30-win seasons. Finally, under Linder, the Flashes reached the highest grade-point average (3.645) in program history and achieved an academic milestone.
Amy (Cheney) Densevich
Position: Pitcher
High School: Field High School
College: Kent State University
Coaching Career: Hudson High School, Kent State University
Amy Densevich is a graduate of Field High school where she set a state record with 90 career victories and earned all-Ohio honors in three straight seasons.
A four-year letter winner at Kent State, Densevich still ranks in KSU’s top 10 pitchers with 383.1 career innings pitched. She gained 24 wins with 171 strikeouts and a 2.56 ERA. Remaining a dedicated student, she also earned National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s Scholar-Athlete honors in 1998.
During her coaching time at Hudson, Densevich received co-Western Reserve Conference Coach of the Year honors three times and both Plain Dealer Coach of the Year and Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association Northeast District Coach of the Year awards in 2007. She led the Explorers to a 2007 Division I state title.
Densevich brought her experiences back to her alma mater as a pitching coach in 2008 and is still leading the Flashes to victory today. In 20
Amy Kyler
Position: Pitcher
Hometown: Clinton, Ohio
College: Cleveland State Univerity
Coaching Career: Cleveland State, Purdue University, Notre Dame College
Professional Career: Carolina Diamonds, Akron Racers
A seven-time letter winner at Cleveland State University (softball & volleyball), Amy Kyler broke almost every major pitching record. She holds career records for ERA (1.35), innings pitched (728.1), wins (68), winning percentage (.624), appearances (121), and strikeouts (909). In 1997, she set single-season records with appearances (33), wins (24), an ERA (0.56), innings pitched (210.2), and strikeouts (325). That same year, Kyler was named the Midwestern Collegiate Conference’s (MCC) Pitcher of the Year and earned second-team all-District honors. Kyler was also enshrined in the CSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.
After graduating, Kyler pitched professionally for the Carolina Diamonds (1997-98) and the Akron Racers (1999-00). The Racers advanced to the WPSL Championship semifinal in 1999 and Kyler held a 7-7 record with a 1.97 ERA that season.
Currently, Kyler is the head coach of the Notre Dame Falcons.
Carla Brookbank-Schaal
Position: Pitcher
Hometown: Green, Ohio
High School: Springfield High School
College: Kent State University
Professional Career: Durham Dragons, Virginia Roadsters, Akron Racers
The name Carla Brookbank-Schaal is identical with softball excellence. At the mound and at the plate, she was superior to others. Brookbank-Schaal led Springfield High School to two consecutive State Championships (1988-89). Both years she was all-League, all-Summit County, all-District, and all-State her sophomore and junior seasons. She was the Akron Beacon Journal player of the year in 1988. Brookbank-Schaal was inducted into the Springfield High School Hall of Fame and received the Dapper Dan award three times.
Brookbank-Schall continued her career at Kent State University where she was named MVP in 1992, 94, and 95. Her senior year she was named both MAC Hitter and Pitcher of the Year and was named to the NCAA all-Region team. Brookbank-Schall set the records at KSU for wins (70), strikeouts (459), complete games (113), shutouts (26), innings pitched (877), and ERA (0.67).
In 1997, Brookbank-Schall joined the Women’s Professional Softball League (WPSL) with the Durham Dragons. She threw out the first pitch of the first-ever women’s professional softball league with the Dragons. She won the WPSL’s Most Valuable Player Award in 1997. Brookbank-Schall then played with the Virginia Roadsters and was traded to the Akron Racers in 1999. She earned the first RBI and the first victory for the Racers that same year. Her #4 jersey has been retired with the Racers.
Sue Lilley-Nevar
Position: Shortstop
Hometown: Fairlawn, Ohio
High School: Copley High School
College: Indiana University
Coaching Career: Texas A&M, The Ohio State University, Kent State University, Middle Tennessee State University
A four-year nine-letter winner at Copley High School, Sue Lilley-Nevar was the first Ohio female high school athlete to earn a college softball scholarship when she signed with Indiana University. She played volleyball and softball at IU, earning her eight more letters.
In her senior year of softball at IU, Lilley-Nevar led the Hoosiers to a runner-up finish in the 1980 AIAW College World Series and received all-America honors from the Amateur Softball Association (ASA). She won the Big Ten batting title as a junior.
Lilley-Nevar began her head coaching career at Kent State University where she won 289 games (the most until her successor, Karen Linder, surpassed her). In her eleven seasons with the Flashes, she led the team to the College World Series (1990) and compiled a 289-219-1 record. Lilley-Nevar experienced a coaching career high in 1990 when her team won 43 of 52 games, went 20-4 against Mid-American Conference (MAC) competition, won the MAC title, defeated Ohio State in the NCAA Midwest Regional, and advanced to the NCAA Softball World Series at Oklahoma City. She was also name the 1990 Midwest Region Coach of the Year.
Lilley-Nevar recently announced her retirement from Middle Tennessee State after five seasons with the Blue Raiders.
Amanda Jo White
Position: Catcher / Outfielder
Hometown: Tallmadge, Ohio
High School: Tallmadge High School
College: University of Missouri
While playing for Tallmadge High School, Amanda Jo White was a member of the first-team suburban league her sophomore, junior, and senior season. She was named second team all-Ohio as a sophomore and first team all-Ohio as a junior and senior. She was named Akron Beacon Journal, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and Suburban League Player of the Year in 2003. She was Athlete of the Year at Tallmadge High School in 2003 as well.
Continuing her softball career at Missouri, she led the team for most home runs on the season (4). She started as a designated player for Missouri in 22 games. White had 17 RBIs her freshman year, fourth highest on the team. As a sophomore, she made 50 appearances at the plate.
White graduated in a four-year letter winner in 2007 and ended her Missouri career with an outstanding bat.
Jackie Beavers
High School: Champion High School
College: University of Tennessee
Coaching Career: University at Buffalo in New York
Jackie is a 1995 graduate of Champion High School. As a high school athlete Jackie lettered all 4 years in both softball and basketball. She holds all the Champion softball pitching records. Her many high school honors include First Team All-Ohio her sophomore, junior, and senior years. 
As a junior and senior she was named a High School All-American. In her junior year the softball team won the state softball championship. During her high school career Jackie pitched 22 no hitters and pitched 221 innings without giving up an earned run. Pitched a 5-0 shutout to give Champion an OHSAA Division II Championship in 1994. 
In basketball Jackie scored over 900 points in her career and received All-Ohio Honorable Mention her senior year. Jackie received a full athletic scholarship to the University of Tennessee. 
Beavers ranks 2nd in OHSAA history in lowest career ERA (0.12) and 3rdin OHSAA history with 22 career no-hitters. 
She is currently an assistant varsity softball coach and pitching coach for the University at Buffalo in New York.
Tami Johnston
Position: Pitcher
High School: Tallmadge
College: Toledo
Tami Johnston is quite simply the best pitcher in University of Toledo softball history. She was a dominating force in the circle, holding nearly all of the Rockets pitching records including wins (71), ERA (0.57), strikeouts (842), starts (101), appearances (132), innings (789) and winning percentage (.703). Johnston holds the record for the sixth best strikeout ratio (7.47) in NCAA softball history. 
Johnston lead the Rockets to a Mid American Conference Championship and two second-place finishes in her career. 
Johnston is a graduate of Tallmadge High School in Akron, Ohio, where she played softball and earned a scholarship to Toledo University. 
Jessica Simpson
Position: Pitcher
High School: 
College: Miami University (Ohio)
Jessica Simpson is the Mid American Conference all-time winningest pitcher, reaching the feat with a victory on April 12 against Moorhead State - her 86th career victory. In 2011, Simpson won MAC Pitcher of the Year honors and led her team to a MAC Championship at Firestone Stadium in 2012. 
In 2008, while pitching for North Canton Hoover, Simpson led her team to a Division I state softball title. In 117 career games (784 innings), Simpson left her mark on the OHSAA record book. Her 69 career shutouts are an Ohio record, while her 103 career wins (just 11 losses) ranks second all time in Ohio. Simpson’s 1,162 career strikeouts are fourth all-time.
Alicia Longstreth Gaffney
Position: Kent State University Associate Director, Athletic Special Events and Special Projects (2003-Present)
Hometown: Akron, OH
High School: Hoban High School
College:Ashland University (2002) Undergrad, Kent State University (2004) Grad
Alicia Gaffney attended Archbishop Hoban High School and was inducted into the Hoban Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010. Gaffney was a three-sport athlete who received eight letters during her career at Hoban. She excelled in softball and was a two-time first-team all-State Division II player in addition to many local and regional awards. She went on to an outstanding career at Ashland University in softball where she was named to the NFCA All-American second-team.
At Ashland University she made her mark with the single records of most hits in a game in 2002 and in 2001; as well as most triples in a game in 2001. Playing catcher at Ashland University she achieved the team records of 84 runs scored, 611 at bats, 198 games played, 235 hits, 115 RBIs, 53 doubles, and a batting average of .385.
After AU she became the Grad Assistant at Kent State University and in 2003 became their Associate Director of Athletic Special Events and Special Projects.

Holly Goodpasture Collins
Position: Pitcher
High School: Hoover High School
College: Kent State University
Goodpasture was the Beacon Journal Player of the Year in 1991 and 1992. She was a First-Team All-State selection in both her junior and senior season at Hoover. Led Hoover to four straight Federal League championships picking up All-League honors all four years. Her 80+ career high school win record stood on top of the OHSAA leader board until recently.
Collins received the NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete award in 1994, Association. She attended Kent State University and played in for two season with the Flashes.
Lourena Floccari
Position: Pitcher
High School: Walsh Jesuit High School
College: Saint Louis University
A renowned fastpitch pitcher, Floccari played for the IIY Angels, IIY Saints, Ohio Naturals and the Ohio Illusion from 1996 through 2004. Those summer teams won NSA and ASA state championships, the 2001 national championship and a Super World Series Championship. Playing for Walsh Jesuit High School, (2001-04), Floccari posted a 79-14 record and was named first-team All-Ohio three times. The Warriors were state champions in 2002 and 2004. In 2004, she had 339 strikeouts, which ranks 23rd all time in Ohio, and walked just eight, going 60 consecutive innings without a walk, ninth-best in the state. She had 10 consecutive shutouts and tied for sixth all time with 61 shutouts in her career. Playing for Saint Louis University, Floccari was an NCAA Academic All-American for four years and set school records for appearances (144), starts (100) and innings pitched (642) and was second in career wins (36). Floccari is in her fourth year of medical school at Ohio State.
Jill Williams
High School: Ellet
College: University of Akron
Coaching Career: Sandy Valley High School (1993 – present)
Jill A. Williams earned letters in volleyball, basketball and track for three consecutive years at Ellet High School. With High School softball not available at the time, Williams got her softball fix by serving as bat girl for her dad’s team and played summer ball in Ellet and Portage County. Her athleticism earned her spots on the University of Akron softball and basketball squads for four years. Williams was named captain of the Zips teams in 1981 and 82.
Following her college career, Williams took up coaching at Sandy Valley High School in 1993. She has been the head coach of the Sandy Valley volleyball program for 19 years and has served as an assistant in women’s basketball and softball as well. As a coach, Williams’ programs have won three league championships, make sectionals 13-of-19 seasons, earned District Runner-Up honors in two seasons, District Champs honors in eight seasons and claimed Regional Runner-Up honors in ’94, ’00 and ’01 with a Regional Championship in 2009.
In 2000, Williams was inducted into the Canton Softball Hall of Fame and in 2002 she earned a place in the Akron Softball Hall of Fame.
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Belinda (Cernava) Quiesenberry
Position: Pitcher
High School: Green High School
College: The Ohio State University
Coaching Career: The Ohio State University
Belinda (Cernava) Quiesenberry attended Green High School where she was named to the Class AAA First Team by the Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association. 

A four-year letter winner during her career at The Ohio State University, Belinda Quisenberry received the academic all-Big Ten three of those four years (1991, 92, and 93). She holds placement in career pitching records for 631 innings pitched and for number of strikeouts (260). Quisenberry set another OSU record her freshman year pitching for strikeouts with 61 and held that record until 1998. 

She began her coaching career at OSU in 1997 with an assistant coach position. During her tenure she served as a recruiting coordinator, director of summer camps and organized the Buckeye softball club and alumni club. 
Ohio State softball posted a 260-146 (.640) record during the seven seasons Quisenberry served as assistant coach. The Buckeyes made three NCAA tournament appearances during this stretch as well. In 2006, Quisenberry retired from coaching to spend more time with her family.
Kathleen (Kay) Stiles
Position: Catcher
Hometown: Akron, OH
Coaching Career: Wooster Lumber
Kathleen Stiles was a pioneer for women playing fastpitch softball. She is the first female softball player to gain induction into the 1977 Summit County Sports Hall of Fame; her playing and coaching career spanned over three decades and she’s been involved with the sport for 89 years. One of her early career highlights is playing in Madison Square Garden in 1939.
She played on 11 ASA district championship teams- earning three state titles. In 1986, she was one of the first women inducted into the Ohio Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame. Stiles began her career in managing in 1945 while still playing softball. She turned down several offers to play professional ball to raise her two daughters. In 1961, she managed the Wooster Lumber team to the ASA state title and earned Ohio Manager of the Year.
In the early 1970s, Stiles was one of the first women umpires in the state of Ohio for fastpitch softball. Her formal career started in the 1980s with the Goodrich Local 5 team playing catcher. In the 1990s, she started the Stiles Fastpitch League here at Firestone Stadium that allowed women to continue playing ball out of college.
Tiffany (McCoy) Yehle
Position: Pitcher
High School: Ellet High School
College: University of Akron
Coaching Career: Kent Roosevelt High School, Twinsburg High School
Tiffany Yehle created a name for herself first at Ellet High School when she pitched the team to winning a Division I state title, as well as one runner-up finish in three final four appearances before graduating in 1997. The year before, Yehle held a 26-0 pitching record.
A four-year letter winner at Akron, Yehle received first-team all-MAC in 2000 and 2001. She also received the NCAA Division I all-Great Lakes Region in 2000 while at Akron. Some of Yehle’s other honors include the 1998 Coaches Award and Offensive Player of the Year (2000 & 2001).
Yehle went on to teach and coach at Kent Roosevelt High School before taking her current position as varsity head coach for the Twinsburg Tigers. Her knowledge and experience with the game has allowed her to lead the team to the top of the NOC River Division her first year coaching.
Katie (Chain) Miller
Position: Pitcher
High School: Hoover High School
College: The Ohio State University
Katie Chain had an outstanding high school and collegiate career as pitcher for North Canton Hoover and The Ohio State Buckeyes. While at Hoover, she led her team to two State Championships and was an NFCS second-team all-American. She won Gatorade Ohio Player of the Year twice (1998-99). In 1999, she threw a perfect game in the semi-final round of the state tournament.
Continuing her career at OSU, Chain went on to win Gatorade Regional Player of the Year for a third time and also won the Ohio State Pitcher of the Year award twice. Her other honors include 3 time all-Big Ten, 2 time all-Great Lakes Region, and the Coach’s Award. She enjoyed one of the most successful seasons in the history of OSU softball in 2001 with more than 40 wins. Chain was also the first Buckeye pitcher to reach 600 strikeouts.
Rose Marie Torma
Positions: Third baseman
High School: Revere High School
College: University of Akron
Career: Cloverleaf High School
Torma earned four varsity letters at Akron from 1981-84. She was a member of the Zips as the team made its first trip to the NCAA II National Championship in Sioux Fall, SD. She earned NCAA II All-Tournament Team honors in 1984. Torma was selected an Academic All-American in 1984 as the Zips starting third baseman.
Torma went on to teach and coach at Cloverleaf High School, has since served as Cloverleaf Athletic Director, and is currently Assistant Principal.

Kimberly (Young) Harper
Position: Shortstop
High School: Tallmadge High School
College: Ohio University
Kimberly Young Harper was a member of the early ‘80s Tallmadge High School softball team that appeared in 7 out of 10 state tournaments. Harper, a member of the early ‘80s squad, claimed a first and second place finish two of those years. Tallmadge High School has claimed seven championships in their existence.
Following her success at Tallmadge High School, Harper moved on to Ohio University where she was a member of the Bobcats squad from 1985-1988. During her freshman season, Harper batted .262 with one triple, two doubles and eight RBIs on 27 hits. She continued this trend, reaching career numbers of .226 (batting average), 22 RBIs, 100 hits, 12 doubles, six triples and eight stolen bases. Defensively she pulled in a .881 fielding percentage at OU.
 
 
 
 
 


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