WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- After a year as an interim in which she led Lycoming to its best finish in the Commonwealth Conference in three years, Melissa Baer has been promoted to head coach, director of athletics Mike Clark announced.
“In her three years with the softball program, Coach Baer has continued to develop into an outstanding coach,” Clark said. “She has been around softball her whole life and it shows in her knowledge of the game. We were very impressed with how she handled a challenging situation last year with a team that had to replace six seniors and she did a great job with a young corps of players. We are very excited for the direction of the program under Coach Baer.”
In her first year at the helm of the Warriors, Baer helped the team to 14 wins, the most in the program's history for a rookie head coach. She also helped the team to a 6-10 mark in conference play, the program's second-best mark since joining the Commonwealth Conference in 2008. She mentored three all-conference players, including Kristi Weaver, the program's first first-team all-conference selection since 2006.
“I continue to be humbled by the fact that I am a part of Lycoming softball,” Baer said. “The program has a great foundation and I am excited to keep working to build on an already outstanding tradition in softball. To be able to coach softball at a college in my hometown is something that is very special to me.”
Baer, who is the fourth head coach in program history, began her coaching career with the Warriors in 2012, joining the staff as an assistant coach and focusing on the program's pitchers.
The 2007 Williamsport Sun-Gazette Player of the Year, Baer was a four-year letterwinner at Mansfield, winning 17 games and saving two during her career. She also struck out 185 batters in her career while tossing more than 250 career innings for the Mounties.
A standout in the classroom at Mansfield as a criminal justice major, Baer earned four Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete mentions, three MU Presidential Scholar Athlete nods, three Division II Athletic Directors' Association Academic Achievement awards and was named a National Fastpitch Coaches of America Scholar-Athlete in 2011.