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.

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Tommy Santiago


 

Assistant Coach: Jacksonville University

Bringing a wealth of knowledge and commitment to the game, Tommy Santiago was named assistant coach of Jacksonville University Softball, as announced Monday by Dolphin head coach Erica Ayers.

 

“I could not be more pleased that Tommy has chosen to join our program,” stated Ayers. “He has been a great colleague, resource, and friend for many years and I have no doubt that he will have a major impact on our future successes. Tommy will take the lead with the hitters and infielders and play a major role in recruiting. He’s a high character, charismatic guy and great skill developer.”

 

With nearly a decade of experience coaching softball at the Division I level, Santiago previously made stops at Florida State, St. John’s (NY), Maryland, and South Florida before joining the Dolphins. Most recently, he served as a hitting and fielding instructor at Crossfit Lutz in Tampa, Fla. for the past two years.

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