Mandee Luers begins her first season as the pitching consultant for Lafayette. She comes to College Hill with seven years of Division I coaching experience. Luers played her collegiate ball at Marshall University where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Sport Management and Marketing in 2007. She is the owner of Make the Change Fastpitch in Northeast Ohio.
Luers started her college coaching career at Belmont University as a graduate assistant pitching coach for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. After earning her Master's Degree in Sport Administration, she was named the pitching coach at IPFW. During her time at IPFW, she helped develop a dominant pitching staff that posted a combined record of 102-48-1, the best three-year run in school history. Her pitching staff held the best staff ERA in the conference in two of her three seasons and ranked 15th in the nation with a 1.69 ERA during the 2012 season. All three IPFW pitchers ranked in the top 75 nationally in ERA. Over Luers' three seasons, the Mastodons had six All-Summit League First-Team selections, including Summit League Pitcher of the Year, Courtney Cronin.
After her time at IPFW, Luers moved on to become the pitching coach at Kent State where she worked with Varner from 2012-13. In those seasons, her pitchers won a total of 52 games. She also coached the 2013 MAC Pitcher of the Year, Emma Johnson. Her staff led the conference in strikeouts, opponent batting average, hits allowed and runs allowed. During the 2014 season, both pitchers earned All-MAC honors.
Following her first two years at Kent State, Luers established Make the Change Fastpitch, based in northeast Ohio where she gives private and semi-private lessons as well as running camps and clinics.
"Mandee is one of the best pitching coaches I have ever come across, and the pursuit of her dream to run her own business has opened up this opportunity to help the program in a consultant role," said Lafayette head coach Jexx Varner said. "She will work with the coaching staff in developing pitching workouts, video analysis and off-season programs. I could not be happier to have her join the Leopards' program and I know her knowledge will have a great impact for our staff."
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