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Lehotak announces addition of Gibson, retains Cheatham

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 08/08/2011
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SAN ANTONIO — First-year head softball coach Amanda Lehotak announced Tuesday the addition of former All-American Megan Gibson along with the retention of Michelle Cheatham to complete her coaching staff. Gibson, who coach the team's pitchers, will begin her duties on Sept. 1.

“I am thrilled to add Megan to our program,” Lehotak said. “She brings instant credibility to our staff from her professional playing experience and her time as both a player and coach under Jo Evans, who is one of the best coaches in the nation. Megan will make me a better head coach and will undoubtedly improve our program.”

“I am definitely excited and ready to for this opportunity,” Gibson said. “Coach Lehotak and Coach Cheatham are both great coaches and even better people. I hope to learn a lot from them and contribute to the staff with my own experiences and knowledge. I can’t wait to start working with the pitching staff, especially the mental aspect of the game.”

Gibson comes to UTSA after spending four seasons in the National Professional Fastpitch League. After leading Texas A&M to a runner-up finish at the 2008 Women’s College World Series (WCWS), the Spring native was selected by the Philadelphia Force with the No. 2 overall pick of the 2008 NPF Senior Draft. In addition to her time in the league, Gibson spent a season in the Japanese Softball Association.

Along with her career in the NPF, Gibson served under Texas A&M head coach Jo Evans as a graduate assistant in Fall 2008 and again as a volunteer pitching coach last season. She also spent time as a softball instructor at High Performance Baseball in Tomball and as a volunteer assistant coach at Spring High School in 2010.

Gibson left the Aggies as one of the most decorated players in program history.

Her stellar play in both the pitcher’s circle and batter’s box earned her National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America honors as a freshman, junior and senior and she finished as a runner-up the for association’s Player of the Year award in 2008.

Gibson became the first player in Big 12 Conference history to be named both Player and Pitcher of the Year as a senior and she went on to lead the Aggies to the conference tournament title as the event’s Most Valuable Player. She also led Texas A&M to a league crown in 2005 and a WCWS appearance in 2007.

In all, Gibson owns six career school-records, including doubles (48), home runs (56), RBIs (183), total bases (447), slugging percentage (.717) and walks (172) and she ranks in the program’s top 10 in seven other categories.

Gibson graduated in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in sports management with a minor in business.

Lehotak and Gibson will be joined in the dugout by Cheatham, who has spent the last six seasons with the Roadrunners after an outstanding career at UTSA.

She was a four-year letterwinner, earned second-team All-Southland Conference honors in 2000 and 2002 at catcher and still ranks in the top 10 on eight of the program’s single-season lists, including the school record for putouts (455 in 2002).

“With the staff now complete, I feel like we couldn’t have done better,” Lehotak said. “We all have different areas of expertise that complement each other well and that will bring a championship mentality to the program.”

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