Amanda Lehotak just completed her inaugural season as UTSA’s head softball coach.
The fourth mentor in program history, Lehotak led the Roadrunners to a 24-28 record in her inaugural campaign to bring her career record to 161-180. UTSA improved its conference win percentage to .600 with a 12-8 mark to tie for third in the standings, which was the program's highest finish since 2009.
Under Lehotak’s tutelage, Megan Low earned Southland Conference Freshman of the Year honors after leading the team with a .375 batting average, five home runs and 28 RBIs. Low and sophomore Molly Fichtner earned first team all-league laurels, while senior Ashley Kappler, sophomore Haylee Staton and freshman Courtney Buchman all picked up third-team accolades. It marked the first time since 2007 that UTSA placed two players on the league’s top squad. In all, four players hit better than .300 and the squad finished the campaign with a .287 average and 66 doubles, its highest marks since 2006. Staton paced the pitching staff and set career bests with 15 wins and a 2.54 ERA in 179 innings of work. She recorded 151 strikeouts, which was nearly five times her total from 2011. Additionally, Fichtner was recognized for her outstanding work on the field and in the classroom by being named Southland Student-Athlete of the Year.
Lehotak came to the Alamo City after six seasons at Jacksonville, five of which she served as the head coach.
One of three family members to head a collegiate softball program, Lehotak amassed a school-record 137 wins during her tenure, which was capped by a program-best 44-16 campaign in 2011 that culminated in the Dolphins' first-ever Atlantic Sun Regular Season and Tournament Championships and inaugural NCAA Tournament appearance.
The 2011 squad set four school records — home runs (41), ERA (1.48), shutouts (18) and fielding percentage (.967) — and a program-best four players earned first-team all-conference accolades, including Pitcher of the Year Sarah Sigrest. Lehotak also took home the league’s Coach of the Year award, another first for the program. In all, she coached 16 all-conference and three NFCA All-Region selections in her five seasons in charge.
Following her success that season, Lehotak was chosen to be a camp clinician at the 2011 Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City. Selected by her peers for the event, she was part of the Powerade NCAA Youth Clinic that connects kids ages 8-16 with the game of softball.
Under Lehotak’s guidance, Jacksonville improved by an average of nearly six wins per season and made the Atlantic Sun Tournament her final three seasons. Prior to her tenure, the Dolphins had just one winning campaign and conference tournament appearance in four years. Her 137 wins more than doubled the program's all-time total and Lehotak’s teams earned votes in the Ultimate College Softball Poll in her last two seasons, along with votes in the final USA Today/NFCA Poll in 2011.
In addition to her teams’ success on the diamond, the Dolphins twice posted team GPAs that ranked among the nation’s best, ranking 11th in 2006 and 12th in '10.
Lehotak spent the 2006 season as an assistant at Jacksonville where she worked primarily with the infielders and outfielders, coordinated team travel, served as a camps and clinics instructor and helped lead fundraising efforts for improvements to the JU Softball Complex.
Prior to her time at Jacksonville, she served as the hitting coach at Missouri Western State, where she helped the Griffons offense lead the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association and set records in homers in a game (seven) and season (72).
Lehotak’s coaching career began in 2003 as an assistant coach at Daniel J. Gross High School in Bellevue, Neb., before serving as an interim assistant coach at the College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Neb., a year later.
As a player, Lehotak's career began as a two-year starter at Mississippi, where she set a then-single-season school record with 62 hits as a true freshman in 2001 before finishing her career as a two-year starter at Nebraska-Omaha. She was a third-team All-American and first-team all-region selection as a junior and also was a two-time first-team All-North Central Conference honoree during her time with the Mavs.
Lehotak earned a bachelor's degree in family science from Nebraska-Omaha in 2003.