Lehotak resigns as UTSA head softball coach
SAN ANTONIO — UTSA athletics director Lynn Hickey announced Monday that head softball coach Amanda Lehotak has resigned as head coach of the softball program to accept a similar position at Penn State.
“I would like to thank Dr. Ricardo Romo and Lynn Hickey for giving me this wonderful opportunity at UTSA,” Lehotak said. “I’d also be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge and thank our amazing fans and alumni for being supportive along with my coaching staff, student-athletes and staff at UTSA for all of their hard work and effort during my tenure. This was not an easy decision and I am very proud to be a Roadrunner.”
Lehotak posted a 51-54 record in two seasons with the Roadrunners and replaces former Penn State head coach Robin Petrini, who resigned her post in June after 17 campaigns with the Nittany Lions. She mentored a total of six all-conference selections, including three first-team nods, at UTSA and helped Megan Low earn Southland Conference Freshman of the Year accolades in 2012. In addition, shortstop Molly Fichtner was recognized for her outstanding work on the field and in the classroom by being named Southland Student-Athlete of the Year that season.
The Roadrunners offense got back on track under Lehotak’s tutelage as the team hit .287 in her first season, which was the highest mark since 2006. Last season the Birds ranked 32nd in the country with a .970 fielding percentage and posted their most stolen bases (35) since the 2004 campaign.
A national search for Lehotak’s replacement will begin immediately.