The Hornets Nest has been the home field of the Delaware State University Softball Team since 1993. The Dimensions are 220' Down Lines and 225' Centerfield. The surface if DiamondTex/Turface and it has seating for 300.


Amber Jackson

Head Coach

Delaware State University officially appointed Amber Jackson as its new head softball coach in October of 2014, the sixth of the program’s history.Jackson filled the void left by 2014 MEAC Coach of the Year and DSU Hall-of-Famer Janice Savage, who accepted the head coaching position at Appalachian State.

Before coming to DSU, Jackson spent three seasons (2011-14) as an assistant coach at Maryland under now Bethune-Cookman head coach Laura Watten.

“I’m very excited to be back in the MEAC and this position here at Delaware State is pretty much a dream come true,” said Jackson. “It was very unexpected, but God has some interesting plans in store for this program.”




Mackenzie Maples

Assistant Coach


Maples, a native of Corona, Cal., joined the Delaware State softball staff in July 2017 after a one-year stint as an assistant coach at Coker College in Hartsville, S.C. While at Coker College, she helped lead the team to a 41-17 overall record and an appearance in the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) championship game in 2017.


A total of six Coker players earned All-SAC recognition and 10 were selected to the Easton/National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Academic Team last season. Prior to entering the coaching ranks, Maples was softball and track & field standout at the College of Charleston (S.C.). In her first season at Charleston, she helped lead the Cougars to the Southern Conference championship. That year, she was selected as the Southern Conference Co-Rookie of the Year and named to the league’s All-Freshman Team. Maples was selected by her teammates as Charleston’s Defensive Player-of-the-Year during her senior season in 2015. She ranks third on the team’s all-time list for runs batted in (115) and second in doubles (40), while placing in the top ten in games started (209) and hits (182).


Maples helped lead C of C to 138 wins in her career (.611 win percentage).  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and a master’s in Business Administration from the College of Charleston.




Dawna Tyson

Graduate Assistant Coach


Graduate assistant Dawna Tyson is a native of Corona, Ca joined the softball staff in August 2017.Tyson joins the Hornets after spending 4 years playing at the University of Nebraska.

In her four years at Nebraska, Dawna competed in 4 NCAA Regionals, 2 Super Regionals, and 1 NCAA College World Series. She was also a two year recipient of the Nebraska Softball Hitter Award and received Big Ten Player of the week honors. Dawna is the daughter of Marty Tyson, Head Coach of the Corona Angels (one of the country’s top travel softball organizations in southern California), Dawna Tyson has several years of experience coaching elite travel ball and providing hitting and fielding instruction.



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