Pitt State hires Fuller to lead softball program

Jenny Fuller comes to PSU from Northern State, where she went 85-80 in four seasons.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Pittsburg State has hired Jenny Fuller to lead the Gorillas’ softball program, the school announced on Friday.

Fuller comes to Pittsburg from Northern State, where she went 85-80 in four seasons leading the Wolves.

She takes over for former head coach Ashley Balazs, who resigned in may after four seasons leading the Pitt State program.

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Pittsburg State University athletic director Jim Johnson announced today (June 11) the hiring of Jenny Fuller as head softball coach for the Gorillas.

She replaces former head coach Ashley Balazs, who resigned from her position in May after leading the Gorillas the past four seasons.

“We are excited to have Jenny join the Gorilla family and Pittsburg community as our head softball coach,” Johnson said. “She is an experienced collegiate head coach with a proven track record of success at the Division II level. Her playing and coaching career was a great fit for our softball program. Additionally, Jenny and her husband, Brad, are extremely excited to be a part of the Pittsburg community.

“Everyone we talked to had nothing but great things to say about Jenny and her coaching ability, her recruiting ability, the culture she builds as a leader and her focus on ensuring student-athletes have a great collegiate experience.”

Fuller comes to Pitt State after serving as head coach at NCAA Division II member Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D., the past four seasons (2018-2021). She led the Wolves to an 85-80 overall record, including a 23-20 mark this past spring. In 2020, NSU opened the season on a 10-game winning streak and compiled a program-best 15-4 start before the season was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Fuller also served as head coach at NAIA member Cardinal Stritch University for two years (2016-17), compiling a 59-36 record leading the Wolves including a 30-13 mark in 2016.

She has a 144-116 (.554) record in six seasons as a collegiate head coach.

“I am very honored to have been selected as the head softball coach at Pittsburg State University,” Fuller said. “The facilities, administrative support, and fan involvement at Pitt are unmatched in Division II, and I am excited to begin working on developing our standard of excellence in the softball program. I would like to thank President Scott, Jim Johnson, and the search committee for providing this opportunity to become part of Gorilla Nation!”

Prior to Cardinal Stritch, Fuller served as the assistant and interim head softball coach at NCAA Division III University of Texas at Dallas. A total of four softball student-athletes were named to the All-ASC teams including one first-team honoree.

Fuller began her collegiate coaching career at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas, where she was an assistant softball and pitching coach. In her four years at MCC, Fuller coached two first team All-Conference pitchers, as well as six All-Conference position players and the conference Co-MVP. McLennan advanced to the 2011 National Championships and in 2014 won the Region 5 North Conference Championship finishing with a record of 46-8.

Fuller is a 2007 graduate of McLennan Community College with an Associate Degree in Arts and Business, as well as a 2009 and 2011 graduate of Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Science in Sport Management.

She began her collegiate playing career at McLennan where she was an NFCA first-team All-American pitcher, NJCAA second-team All-American, and a participant in the National Junior College World Series. She went on to pitch two years at Baylor University earning Academic Big 12 honors and playing in the 2009 Ann Arbor Super Regional. Following her collegiate career, Fuller played one professional season with the Freising Grizzlies of the German Bundeslegia league.

Jenny and her husband, Brad, have a daughter, Emma, 4.