HEAD COACH MEAGGAN PETTIPIECE
Former two-time All-American and national champion Meaggan Pettipiece was named the Zips’ head softball coach on July 25, 2019.
“We are excited to welcome Meaggan to the Zips’ family,” Director of Athletics Larry Williams said. “She has so many of the attributes of a highly successful leader. She is focused, driven, and inspiring. But above all, she is completely committed to the development of talented student-athletes through sport. I am confident that our softball student-athletes will benefit greatly from her mentorship and guidance, and together the program will achieve many new levels of remarkable success.”
Pettipiece became the Zips’ eighth all-time head coach since the softball program began in 1977.
“I am very thankful for this opportunity to be the head softball coach at the University of Akron,” Pettipiece said. “I will expend all the energy and talents I have to make the Akron softball program successful. I will strive to create a championship-caliber program that allows all of the student-athletes that I have the opportunity to coach to excel and grow both on and off the field. I cannot wait to begin working with these student-athletes and begin building a foundation for our program that competes on the conference and national levels.”
Pettipiece takes the reins at Akron after three seasons as an assistant at Kent State where she worked with the outfielders, base runners, and slap hitters.
In 2019, the Golden Flashes finished second in the Mid-American Conference. Brenna Brownfield was named the MAC Player of the Year, while Andrea Scali was the MAC Pitcher of the Year and MAC Freshman of the Year. Pettipiece coached four All-MAC selections, including two All-Tournament Team honorees. The team tied for the fourth-best fielding percentage (.972) in program history.
Pettipiece had two outfielders named to the second-team All-MAC for the two consecutive seasons. Under Pettipiece's tutelage outfielder and slap hitter Kennadie Goth registered a .403 batting average, the sixth highest in program history. Maria Cegledy burst onto the scene hitting .327 en route to being named to the second-team All-MAC and first-team CoSIDA Academic All-District. She was also instrumental to the team's .308 batting average, the third highest in school history.
In 2017, Pettipiece aided Kent State to its first NCAA Regional appearance and MAC Tournament Championship since 2008. The Golden Flashes became the second team in MAC Tournament history to win three games in one day to win the championship. The Flashes also defeated Pac-12 member Oregon State, 2-1, in the NCAA Tournament. She had two outfielders named to All-MAC teams with Bailey Brownfield named first-team and Emily Dobbin earning second-team honors.
Pettipiece joined the Golden Flashes after a 10-year tenure as the head coach at Northwood University, where she compiled a 217-225 record. She guided the Timberwolves to the GLIAC Tournament eight times and mentored 34 All-Conference performers and five All-Region performers.
Prior to that, Pettipiece spent six seasons as an assistant coach at California University (Pa.) and helped the Vulcans to a 175-65 (.729) record while capturing three straight Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West Division titles and appearing in the NCAA Tournament four times.
A two-time All-American, Pettipiece started in centerfield for the Vulcans in 1998 and 1999. She was a vital part of California's national championship in 1998. Pettipiece was virtually unstoppable as the Vulcans' leadoff slap-hitter. She batted .358 with 53 singles and didn't make an error all season. The lightning-quick Pettipiece scored a team-best 40 runs and tied for the team lead in stolen bases with 15. She helped the Vulcans steal 48 bases, more than double the total from 1997. At the National Tournament in Pensacola, Fla., Pettipiece scored five runs and caught the final out in the 2-1 national title win over Barry University with a game-saving running grab.
In 1999, Pettipiece batted a team-leading .401 and stole 22 bases, which is still second highest in school history. She helped the 1999 Vulcans win an 11th-straight PSAC West title, fourth-straight PSAC and NCAA II Regional championships, and a fifth-place national finish. Her 37 career stolen bases in just two years still ranks fourth in the school record books.
A two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District and first-team PSAC student-athlete, Pettipiece twice earned Mid-Atlantic Region honors. A versatile athlete, she was also a two-year starter on the Vulcan women's tennis team and won two matches at the 1999 PSAC championships.
Inducted in the California University Hall of Fame in 2005, Pettipiece earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in 2000 from California. She earned a master’s degree in sport management from California in 2006.
A native of Blenheim, Ontario, Pettipiece continued her playing career after graduation with the Canadian National Team. She played outfield for Team Canada during the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and was an alternate for the 2004 team in Greece. Pettipiece also earned a pair of silver medals at the Pan-Am Games (1999, 2003). In all, Pettipiece played with the national team for seven years (1998-2004).
Pettipiece (née Wilton) married her husband Brady in October of 2004. The couple has three sons– Cooper (13), Chase (10), and C.J. (7)– and one daughter Chloe (5).