Coach Jaegers receives NFCA Assistant Coach of the Year Honor

Congratulations to Wrangler Softball Assistant Coach Melanie Jaegers who was named NFCA NJCAA D1 Assistant Coach of the Year. 

The 2019 Easton/NFCA Assistant Coach of the Year recipients were announced on Tuesday afternoon. Garnering honors this year are Sara Michalowski-Marino (DI / Missouri), Nat Wagner (DII / Augustana), DeeDee Morris  (DIII / Mount St. Joseph), Gene Reardon (NAIA / Central Methodist), Melanie Jaegers (NJCAA DI / Odessa College), Michael Bridge (NJCAA DII / Madison College), Tony Kurucz (NJCAA DIII / Herkimer College), Terrell Jones (Cal JC / San Jose City College), and Katy Wagner (High School / Columbia HS [Texas]).

These awards salute the efforts of coaches from the various NFCA membership categories for their tireless dedication to the sport of softball and to the continued education, growth and development of young women, both on and off the playing field.

The winners were nominated by NFCA member coaches and selected by a panel of their peers on the NFCA Awards Committee.

NJCAA DI: Melanie Jaegers, Odessa College

Since joining Odessa in 2018, Jaegers has helped the Wranglers to 70 wins and a pair of third-place finishes in the WJCAC. In 2019, she mentored a pair of NFCA All-Americans in Illy Cisneros and Becca Duran and five NFCA All-Region selections. Serving primarily as Odessa's catchers and outfielders coach, Jaegers is the program's recruiting coordinator and assists with hitting, offense and game-day defensive management. Additionally, she teaches classes and sets up a minimum of three community service events each year.

"Melanie is an outstanding young coach who goes above and beyond what I ask her to do on a daily basis," said head coach Jeff Jackson. "She juggles numerous responsibilities and even helps our Athletics Director during volleyball and basketball games without complaint. She is going to be an extremely successful head coach someday soon and I'm lucky to have her help."

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