Future Roosevelt softball student-athletes will be mentored by a decorated NCAA Division I student-athlete, a former U.S. National Team member and a coach with experiences working at some of the most recognized collegiate programs as Amanda Scott was hired as the Lakers' first head softball coach on Sept. 16, 2011.
"Amanda not only brings to the table an acute coaching acumen having served as an assistant coach at institutions like UIC, Iowa and Michigan State, but as one of best student-athletes to ever step on a softball diamond she understands the commitment needed to be a success on the playing field and in the classroom," said Athletic Director Mike Cassidy. "This combination makes her the ideal person to build our softball program."
Scott comes to Roosevelt after spending the last three seasons across town as an assistant coach under Michelle Venturella at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Scott has helped rebuild the Flames program during her tenure, culminating this past season with UIC winning the Horizon League tournament title and making its first NCAA Division I Regional Championship appearance since 2004. The Flames also captured the 2009 Horizon League regular season title during her tenure with the squad.
"I feel extremely fortunate to be a part of this exciting time at Roosevelt University," said Scott. "I am thrilled for the opportunity and challenge to start the softball program here, and I look forward to joining the rest of the athletic staff in creating and establishing Roosevelt's athletic tradition."
Scott got her start in coaching in 2002 as an assistant coach at Michigan State University. She then moved on in 2004 to spend one season as an assistant coach for the New York/New Jersey Juggernaut, a professional softball team, before heading back to the college ranks starting in 2005 as the pitching coach the University of Iowa. Scott stepped away from coaching, temporarily, following the 2007 campaign, joining the Big Ten Network as a color analyst for its softball coverage.
Scott's vast coaching experience is only surpassed by her numerous accomplishments as one of the best pitchers ever to stand in the circle at the collegiate level. She was a four-time All-American at Fresno State University and helped guide the Bulldogs to the 1998 College World Series title. She was named the MVP of the tournament and was later named to the NCAA's 25th Anniversary Team for her collegiate achievements. In 2001, Scott was a recipient of the prestigious NCAA Top VIII Award, recognizing the top eight student-athletes in all sports and divisions under the NCAA umbrella. Scott also excelled in the classroom where she was named a GTE Academic All-American and an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient.
Following her collegiate career, Scott earned a spot on the U.S. National Team from 1997-2000. She won gold at the 1998 World Championships and was an alternate on the gold medal winning 2000 U.S. Olympic Team.
Scott was a 2001 graduate from Fresno State and earned her Master of Arts from Michigan State in 2005.