Ayers Takes Reins of Dolphin Softball

A familiar face will be taking the reins of the Jacksonville University softball program as assistant coach Erica Ayers will lead the Dolphins following head coach Jennifer Steele's departure for Marshall University. Read More


Erica Ayers

Head Coach: Jacksonville University

A familiar face will be taking the reins of the Jacksonville University softball program as Erica Ayers will lead the Dolphins in 2018.


“Erica is the right person to step in as head coach of our softball program at Jacksonville University,” said Athletic Director Alex Ricker-Gilbert. “Her experience is vast, and she is ready for the opportunity. The future for our softball program is bright and I couldn’t be more excited for Erica and our student-athletes.”


Ayers came on staff in 2016 as an assistant under former head coach Jennifer Steele and immediately made an impact, primarily working with the Dolphins’ defensive efforts. A 17-year coaching veteran, her defensive efforts saw the team drop its error total from 100 to just 62 while its hitting improved from .240 to .274 in just two seasons. Since arriving at JU, six Dolphins have garnered All-ASUN Conference Team honors, along with an ASUN Scholar-Athlete of the Year and CoSIDA All-District Selection.


Mike Young

Assistant Coach: Jacksonville University

Jacksonville University Assistant Softball Coach Mike Young is entering his third season as a member of the Dolphins’ coaching staff for the 2017-18 season.  A 19-year coaching veteran, Young came to JU in 2015, after spending the previous 12 seasons as the head coach at Bishop Snyder Catholic School in Jacksonville.


Young led Bishop Snyder to a state title in 2006, a final four appearance in 2008, and consecutive state runner-up finishes in 2012 and 2013. He is also a three-time recipient of Dairy Farmer Coach of the Year (2008, 2012, and 2013).


Prior to his time at Bishop Snyder, Young was the head coach at Bishop Dunne Catholic School in Dallas, Texas where he had the program’s field dedicated to him (Michael J. Young Field).  He is a current National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) member and holds an NFCA 4 Star Coach accreditation. He is also a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).


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