Get to know Coach Harris
Jessica Harris begins her first season as the Indiana Tech Head Softball Coach after spending last season as the Head Softball/Volleyball coach at NCAA Division I Alcorn State University.
Last season Harris led the Lady Braves to the conference tournament, had a pitcher named SWAC pitcher of the week and Second-Team All-Conference with five others being named to the All-Academic Team.
Prior to her time at ASU, Harris spent two seasons as the Head Softball Coach at Spelman College. While at Spelman, her teams earned the highest tem GPA award with an average of 3.4 in her first season and 3.5 in her second. She began her coaching career as a student assistant coach at Miles College in 2009, under the direction of Patrick Peasant.
After beginning her career at Bishop State Community College, Harris finished her collegiate career at Miles College where she led her team to back-to-back conference titles in 2007 and 2008. She also received numerous academic awards, maintaining a 3.92 GPA. Harris received her Master’s Degree in Teaching with a concentration in Technology and a second Master’s Degree in Special Education in 2010.
Harris is the mother of one son, Jayden (3). She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She was born in San Diego, California before moving to Marietta, Ga where she graduated from Osborne High School in 2004.
Head Reserve Coach
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Ashley Kostelnik begins her first season as the Head Reserve Coach for the Warriors. She has been playing and coaching softball, from youth to college, for the past fifteen years.
Prior to her time at Indiana Tech, Kostelnik was the Assistant Athletic Director at Hamilton High School. In addition she was also the Junior Varsity Head Softball/Basketball coach. Previous to that she coached the seventh and eighth grade basketball teams at DeKalb Middle School. In addition to her duties with the Warriors, Kostelnik is the Head Coach of the Fort Wayne Synergy 16U travel team which are the 2013 Plex League High School Champions.
While at Trine University, Kostelnik was a standout all four years at first and third base with a smart yet strong bat. As a team captain she was instrumental as a motivational leader for the Thunder softball program that has had continued success winning the MIAA Division and tournament five of the past seven years while making an appearance in the NCAA Tournament all seven seasons. Kostelnik graduated from Trine, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health & Physical Education (K-12).
Kostelnik currently lives and works in Fort Wayne. She is a foster parent and works for CANI where she is the Program Coordinator of a National Service and Professional Development program called AmeriCorps.
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Valarie Brightbill-Stauffer begins her first season as an assistant coach for the Warriors.
The Orange County California native moved to Indiana to begin her high school career where she attended Snider High School where she earned all-state honors her senior season, finishing with a career ERA of .63.
She earned a scholarship to Saint Mary’s before joining the Marine Corps and serving this country from 1996-99.
She returned to Fort Wayne and coached at Snider for two years, was the Bishop Luers JV Head Coach for one season then JV Head Coach and Head Pitching Coach at Northrop two years. She is a Volunteer pitching coach at IPFW and league pitching coach for FW Synergy Travel league.
She resides in Fort Wayne with her husband Tim and her three children; daughters Jasmine (14) and Heather (12) and son Parker (7).
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Sarah Cutright begins her first season as a graduate assistant coach for the Warriors after competing at Guilford for four years.
Cutright, a two-year softball captain, was a four-year starter and enjoyed her finest season in 2013. She ranked among the top-12 NCAA Division III leaders in batting average and on-base percentage through games of April 14. Cutright finished with a career-high .438 batting average, the third-highest in school history. She led the 2013 Quakers in home runs (6), doubles (11), RBI (31) and walks (11).
The catcher/first baseman concluded her career ranked third among Guilford’s career leaders in fielding percentage (.965), home runs (13), and putouts (538). A 2012 All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) pick, she also stands among the Quakers’ all-time best in on-base percentage (.421, 4th), walks (38, 5th), runs (95, 5th), hits (148, 5th) and RBI (90, 6th).
Cutright graduated from Guilford in 2013 with a degree in computing and information technology. She is currently collecting prerequisites to pursue a master's degree in Athletics Training.