Assistant Coach Dana Randall
Dana Randall is back for her third season as an assistant coach with the Messiah program. She reutrns to her alma mater and brings a wealth of softball experience.
A four-year third basemen for the Falcons, Randall played her freshman year of college ball with head coach Amy Weaver, striking a friendship that has spanned 20 years.
After spending the last nine years coaching both youth and recreational softball, Randall — whose maiden name is Jenkins — gets her first opportunity at the collegiate level.
“I’m thrilled to have Dana come on board,” Weaver said. “She was a good player here at Messiah, and I knew even then that she had a great knowledge of the game. I started asking her to coach here about four years ago, and it’s finally worked out with her schedule. She’ll be a great addition for the team because of how much knowledge she brings. I couldn’t be happier to have my best friend coaching with me.”
A .345 hitter as a senior at Messiah, Randall helped lead the Falcons to the program’s first NCAA Regional appearance in her final season, belting 19 RBI. Since then, Randall has spent nine years coaching both the Maryland Express Lightning — a 12 and under travel team out of Frederick, Maryland — as well as the Thurmont Dynamite, a recreational club out of the same area.
Randall will focus on outfield and baserunning skills and strategy, while also assisting with hitting technique and in-game strategy.
“Dana has already influenced so many young players through her coaching over the last several years,” Weaver said. “I admire anyone who loves the game and kids and who gives back to the game and youngsters like that."
Originally from Thurmont, Maryland, Randall currently serves as a vaccine lab research associate at the Fort Detrick Millitary Base in Frederick, Maryland, focusing on HIV and AIDS research. A biology major at Messiah, Randall married her husband, Mike, in the summer of 1995.
The couple have two children — Macy, 13 and Gage, 11 — and reside in Thurmont, Maryland.