Pirates Start New Era Under Coach Keylon-Randolph
Tryouts Will Be Held At ECU Softball Stadium
Limited Spots Available For Softball Winter Break Camp
Limited Spots Available For Softball's Thanksgiving Camp
Steve Jaecks enters his third year as an assistant coach at East Carolina, after joining Beth Keylon-Randolph's staff shortly after her arrival prior to the 2012-13 season.
Jaecks assists with player fundamental preparation, practice management, recruiting, game operations, and works directly with hitters and catchers.
"He is simply one of the best softball minds in the fast-pitch game anywhere in the world," Keylon-Randolph said. "He knows the game inside and out having played it professionally and coached it for over 30 years.
"Coach Jaecks is also a strong recruiter and an amazing judge of talent," Keylon-Randolph continued. "He has been invaluable to me throughout my coaching career and is an asset to our program here at East Carolina."
In his two seasons with the Pirates, Jaecks has helped East Carolina to 49 wins and a pair of Conference USA Tournament appearances. He has been an integral part of the staff garnering six all-conference selections, one all-freshman honoree, three all-academic recipients, one all-tournament selection, a pair of NFCA All-Region team member and seven NFCA All-America Scholar Athletes.
Jaecks joined the ECU staff after spending the last eight years working as an assistant coach at Chattanooga State (Tenn.) Community College. Under the direction of Keylon-Randolph and Jaecks, the Tigers posted a 424-80 record.
In addition to serving as an assistant softball coach, Jaecks also worked as CSCC's director of athletics beginning in 1999. As the school's AD, he was involved in all aspects of the intercollegiate athletic department including compliance, eligibility, scholarships, strategic planning, budget management, facilities, fundraising, public relations and all the hiring in the department.
Prior to his appointment as the athletics director at Chattanooga State, Jaecks worked as an associate professor of physical education at Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tenn., from 1980 to 1998. While at Southern Adventist, Jaecks also worked as the softball coach and director of sports, intramurals and campus recreation.
As a premier fast-pitch player, Jaecks earned a reputation as one of the top run-producers in the game. A 25-year veteran who played across the country, he earned the Chattanooga Softball Player of the Year honor in 1986 while playing in the Dixie Major Fast Pitch League; a league in which Jaecks was co-head coach of a team that won 100-consecutive games. He earned numerous batting awards and MVP recognition during his career, while also showing his defensive versatility as a catcher, first baseman, second baseman and in all three outfield positions.
Jaecks started his career in athletic administration at his alma mater, Loma Linda (Calif.) University, in 1978 as the Director of Intramurals.
Jaecks graduated from Loma Linda with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1980 before earning his master's degree in education from the University of Chattanooga in 1982.
He and his wife Carmen, who works in a private university, have an Alaskan Malamute named Pepsi.
THE STEVE JAECKS FILE
Coaching / Professional Experience
2012 - Pres.: East Carolina, Assistant Softball Coach
2005-12: Chattanooga State, Assistant Softball Coach
2001-12: Chattanooga State, Director of Athletics
2001: Chattanooga State, Director of Student-Athlete Success
2000-01: Chattanooga State, Assistant Basketball Coach
1999-12: Chattanooga State, Physical Education Teacher
1999-01: Chattanooga State, Fitness Center Coordinator
1999-00: Chattanooga State, Assistant Tennis Coach
1994-98: Southern Adventist, Head Acrobatic Team Coach
1984-98: Southern Adventist, Acrobatic Team Coach
1980-98: Southern Adventist, Sports Director
1980-98: Southern Adventist, Associate Professor of Physical Education
1982: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Master of Education, emphasis in physical education
1980: Loma Linda University, Bachelor of Science, physical education
Birth Date: December 14, 1954
Birthplace: Niles, Michigan
Championships and Honors
NJCAA Regionals VII Championships: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012
NJCAA College World Series Appearances: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012
National Fastpitch Coaches Association Coaching Staff-of-the-Year: 2012
National Fastpitch Coaches Association Regional Coaching Staff-of-the-Year: 2012