Oct. 26, 2012
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Steve Jaecks has been named the lead assistant coach for East Carolina's softball program according to an announcement from head coach Beth Keylon-Randolph on Friday.
Jaecks will assist with player fundamental preparation, practice management, recruiting and game operations, and work directly with hitters and catchers.
"I have worked with Coach Jaecks for the past eight years and 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 in it for over 30 years. Coach Jaecks is also a strong recruiter and an amazing judge of talent. He has been invaluable to me throughout my coaching career and will be an asset to our program here at East Carolina."
Jaecks joins the Pirate 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 athletic director since 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 AD 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 Chattanooga out of 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 proficiency 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's of science degree in 1980 before earning his master's degree in education from the University of Chattanooga in 1984.