Former O-R Player of the Year named NJCU head softball coach
Jaci Timko, a 2008 graduate of Chartiers-Houston High School and two-time Observer-Reporter Softball Player of the Year, was named head softball coach at New Jersey City University Wednesday.
Timko, who led the Bucs to three WPIAL Class A championships and most recently worked as an assistant coach at Robert Morris University, becomes the Golden Knights’ 14th head coach in program history.
A four-time all-state selection in high school, Timko set Chartiers-Houston records for career home runs (32) and batting average (.522) while leading the Bucs to the 2005 PIAA title game. In 297 high school at-bats, she had 155 hits, 88 RBI, 143 runs, 52 stolen bases and 21 triples. She was given the O-R’s top honor for a softball player as a sophomore in 2008 and as a senior in 2008.
“I have been very fortunate to have learned and worked with amazing coaches, faculty members, teammates, and players that have inspired and motivated me,” Timko said in a release.
Timko played at Robert Morris before joining the coaching staff. She was a three-time All-Northeast Conference selection, receiving first-team honors as a junior in 2011. As a senior, she was named the NEC Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She holds the Colonials’ record for career batting average (.359) and runs (130) while ranking second in career hits (201) and home runs (27). She led Robert Morris to 114 victories, including a school-record 35 wins in her senior season.
“Coach Timko will make a great addition to our department on and off the field,” Ken Heaton, assistant director of athletics, said. “She has an infectious personality that is second to none. Her passion and high energy level will serve her well in the fast-paced environment of collegiate coaching.”
Timko also will serve as an academic adviser at NJCU after serving as an early success mentor at Robert Morris. As an assistant for the Colonials the past two seasons, she assisted in recruitment, practice planning and overseeing clinics. A part of the 2013 NEC coaching staff of the year, Timko helped the Colonials to their third-consecutive NEC regular season title, posting a 30-17-1 record.