West Virginia University Institute of Technology athletics director Frank Pergolizzi has announced the appointment of Amber Affholter as the school’s head softball coach.
Affholter will take over the reins of the Golden Bear program effective Sept. 1. She replaces Karin Gadberry.
Affholter comes to WVU Tech from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., where she had been an assistant coach since November of 2011. At Stevens she worked primarily with the catchers and outfielders.
Prior to joining the staff at Stevens, Affholter was on the staff at Rutgers University Newark. She has also coached local travel ball in both the Newark, N.J., and Trenton, Mich., areas, including three years of head coaching experience.
Affholter, a native of Trenton, Mich., began her playing career at NCAA Division I Rider University. After two years at Rider, she transferred to Rutgers Newark to complete her playing career.
“We are excited to have Amber as our next head softball coach,” said Pergolizzi. “We believe that her combination of coaching and playing experience is a unique fit for our institution.
“Her success at a strong academic institution such as Stevens Tech assures us that our softball program will continue to flourish, both academically and athletically.”
“I am excited to have the opportunity to become a part of WVU Tech and I look forward to helping build each and every player into the best athlete they can be,“ said Affholter. “I am confident we can excel in all areas of the game.”
WVU Tech is an independent member of both the NAIA and the USCAA. The Golden Bears finished the 2013 season with a 23-16 mark and a fifth-place finish at the USCAA National Championship.