Head Coach Amy Weaver
Amy Weaver begins her 15th season as head coach of Messiah softball in the 2011-12 year. The last three years in a row Messiah has headed to the NCAA National Tournmanet and was guided by Weaver to its first-ever NCAA Division III National Championship in the spring of 2009.
Messiah finished that season with a program-best 43-4 record, concluding the year on a 23-game winning streak — another program record. Last season the Falcons won the Conference Championship, NCAA Regional Championship and competed in the Division III College World Series.
Weaver and her staff have several accolades. Last season they were named NFCA Regional Coaching Staff of the Year, an award won by Weaver and her staff three times in her career. In 2009 they were named the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Coaching Staff of the Year. Messiah claimed its first national title in its third trip to the NCAA Division III World Series, joining fifth-place finishes in 1998 and 1999 and sevent place finish last season in 2011.
Weaver has been at the helm for all three of those post-season pushes, while her 300th career win came in the Falcons’ 2009 title game. Her 377-208-1 record is tops in program history — both in games coached and total wins. Weaver is the program’s seventh head coach in its 25-year existence.
“We are just as concerned with bringing in great people as we are great athletes,” Weaver said. “I think that makes us unique. Our players have to buy into the team aspect here – they need to want to serve a bigger purpose. Our program doesn’t work if they don’t. We want to win, of course, but we feel winning is a byproduct of how we go about doing things. Playing softball here is much bigger than what happens on the field. When players leave, we want them to feel that Messiah softball changed their lives forever.”
A 1991 Messiah graduate, Weaver was four-year starter in the outfield, leading the conference in doubles (20) as a senior while hitting at a .469 average. She then served as an assistant coach for five years, taking a one-year hiatus in 1997 before accepting the head coaching position at the outset of the 1998 campaign.
Success was quick to follow, as Weaver was named the Commonwealth Conference Coach of the Year in each of her first two years at the helm as well as two more times during her career. Weaver also earned NFCA Regional Coach of the Year honors in 1998, 1999, and 2011.
During her tenure, Messiah has won three league championships and finished as runners-up three times. Weaver has been named the Commonwealth Coach of the Year on four occasions — 1998, 1999, 2003 and 2009, as well as Regional and National Coaching Staff of the Year honors respectively in 1998, 1999, 2009, and 2011.
Weaver has coached 13 NFCA All-Americans and 35 NFCA All-Region selections during her tenure, including a multitude of all-conference performers.
In addition to her coaching duties, Weaver also serves as the athletic department’s Senior Women’s Administrator and Associate Athletics Director, focusing primarily on NCAA compliance. Weaver graduated from Messiah with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She then obtained her master’s degree in sports management from McDaniel College in the spring of 1998.
Weaver is married to her husband of 19 years, Mike, and the couple has three children: Seth (14), Emily (12) and Drew (7). The family resides in Dillsburg.