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Aimee DeVos has been at the helm of the 49ers softball program since 1995. After serving as interim head coach for a year in 1994, she was appointed head coach the following season and now enters her 21st year in that role. Having devoted over two decades to Charlotte softball, DeVos has played an integral role in the advancement of the program and the development of her players.
Since moving to the Atlantic 10 in 2006, and then moving back into Conference USA in 2014, DeVos and the 49ers have enjoyed great success, compiling a .611 conference win percentage with a 96-61 record. During that time, 27 Charlotte players have garnered all-Atlantic 10 honors, while 13 have been selected all-state and eight have earned all-region recognition. DeVos has helped the squad go nearly 80 games over .500 at 234-158 in that span, recording Charlotte's largest, third-largest and fourth-largest win totals.
Personally, DeVos has reached several career milestones while at Charlotte, most recently earning her 500th career win on March 8, 2014 as the Niners topped FIU 2-0 on the road. DeVos earned her 400th career win in a 4-2 topping of Elon on April 22, 2010. She is the first 49er head coach to surpass the 200, 300, 400 and 500 career-win marks.
Laura Valentino spent the last three years as the Assistant Coach at Fairfield University. She played a role in all facets of offense, defense, pitching and catching along with playing a significant role in the recruiting and administrative duties of the program. At Fairfield, Valentino helped the Stags to two MAAC Regular-Season Championships, three conference tournament appearances including two second-place finishes. Additionally, she coached four 2014 first-team MAAC selections, 2014 Pitcher of the Year, and the Stags catcher who was named MAAC Player of the Year and named NFCA Second Team All-Northeast Region in 2013. While coaching at Fairfield, Valentino also completed her Masters Degree in Special Education.
Prior to her time at Fairfield, Valentino was a four-year letter winner with the Hofstra University softball team, seeing time as a designated player, an infielder, and a catcher throughout her career. She was a part of the two winningest seasons in program history (45 in 2008 and 45 in 2010)...Had three 40-win seasons overall and 156 wins total in her four-year career... She started 84 of her 85 appearances as a junior and senior, including all 51 games during her final campaign. She placed third among her teammates with 30 RBI as a senior and also posted 11 extra-base hits. She capped her senior season by earning a spot on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar Athlete team and the Hofstra University Outstanding Senior Athlete. She helped NFCA All-American pitcher Olivia Galati break school records for wins (29), shutouts (17) and strikeouts (348) in a season. During her final season with the Pride, the team ended with a .986 fielding percentage, which lead the country.
A native of Smithtown, N.Y., Valentino has a great deal of experience on the diamond, both as a coach and as a student-athlete. She spent the summer of 2012 as a travel coach for Sudden Impact, an under-14 team in New York as well as interning for Louisville Slugger. This past summer Valentino was inducted into the Smithtown High School Hall of Fame. She competed in the Empire State Games where she helped her team win a gold medal in 2008 and a silver medal in 2010. Valentino has a younger brother, Mark and both of her parents are in the teaching profession.
Jen Consaul has joined the Charlotte softball coaching staff as an assistant coach and will primarily work with pitching.
"I feel like we have made a great addition to our coaching staff with the hiring of Jen Consaul," DeVos said. "We're anxious to have Jen continue to develop our pitching staff to the top of Conference USA. Jen has a first class work ethic and passion for pitching and I am confident that our players will benefit from her coaching on a daily basis."
Consaul comes to Charlotte from Canisius College where she was a four-year letterwinner as a student-athlete and then served as the team's pitching coach while assisting with day-to-day operations of the program under head coach Kim Griffin. In her first season as a coach, she helped the Golden Griffins to a 26-19 overall record including a 15-5 record in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play.