Coach Jaegers enters her 4th season as the Assistant Softball Coach for the Wranglers. She will continue to work primarily with catchers and outfielders. Before the 2020 season was cut short just before conference play, the Wrangler Softball team posted a record of 12-7. The team showed off academically in the Fall semester as well, boasting a 3.42 team GPA, landing 19 athletes on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Three sophomores will transfer to four-year programs next fall: Cori Turner (Ottawa University Arizona), Madison Zaccardo (Benedictine College), and Becca Duran (University of Southern Illinois- Edwardsville).
In 2019, she helped coach the Wrangler softball team to a 31-22 record and a 3rd place finish in the WJCAC. Many members of this team finished the year with awards, including 1st Team All-American Illy Cisneros and 2nd Team All-American Becca Duran. In addition, five Wrangler softball members were named 1st Team All-Region: Illy Cisneros, Becca Duran, Morgyn Fulgham, Kaitlyn Reinecke, and Cori Turner. Sophomores Cami Deanda and July Hernandez received All-Conference Honorable Mention. The 2019 team showed off in the classroom as well with Morgyn Fulgham, Jade Laird, Kelsy Paris, Benedetta Scotto, and Cori Turner all being named NFCA Academic All-Americans. Two team members will now continue their careers at nationally ranked NCAA programs: Cami Deanda (Tarleton State) and Morgyn Fulgham (Arkansas Tech).
During her first year at Odessa College, the Wranglers finished 3rd in WJCAC regular season standings and 4th at the Region V West Tournament with a record of 39-12. Because of the successful year, the Wranglers saw six All-Conference selections, two All-Region selections, and one FPN 1st Team All-American. Seven of this year’s team members then moved onto to play softball at the 4-year level, sending two athletes to Division I schools, one to the Division II level, and four to Division III schools.
Formerly assisting at conference rival Western Texas for a year, Jaegers was no stranger to the WJCAC. In her time at WTC, she helped coach two 1st Team All-Conference players and saw six athletes continue onto four-year schools.
Prior to beginning her coaching career at WTC, Coach Jaegers served a year as Graduate Manager/Director of Operations at her Alma Mater, Wichita State University, in order to finish her Master of Education in Sport Management. She not only helped coach the team during practice, but had other administrative duties in the office as well. During her playing career, Jaegers caught for the Shockers from 2012-2015, starting every game but one over the four-year span. In her four years, she was named First Team All-MVC Catcher twice, NFCA Academic All-American three times and was named Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. She graduated in December of 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science and began her graduate studies during her senior season.
Originally from Mesquite, Texas, Melanie is very excited to be able to continue her coaching career in her home state.