Softball Coaching Staff
After seven seasons as the head coach of the Defiance College softball program, Jodie Holava is six wins shy of setting the record for most victories in school history with a 154-137 overall record. Holava’s .529 winning percentage remains the best by any coach in program history, and the team has been even more impressive under her guidance against conference opponents, boasting a .633 winning percentage.
The Yellow Jackets have won three conference championships in seven years during Holava’s tenure, and finished among the top-three in the final standings in four out of six years. In 2012, the Jackets suffered a setback season by finishing tied for fifth in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference at 7-and-9, just missing the conference tournament. DC had four of its members named All-HCAC performers. Defiance also produced five HCAC All-Academic members, two National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Academic Scholars and one HCAC player of the week.
Holava joined the DC family in 2006, after spending the 2004-2005 softball season at Notre Dame College of Ohio as an assistant softball coach. With her help, the Falcons finished the season 23-17, marking the best record in school history. They finished 10-4 in the American Mideast Conference and reached the Region IX Tournament for the first time in school history
Prior to her stint at Notre Dame College of Ohio, Holava coached the Northcoast Spirit, a traveling softball team sanctioned by the National Softball Association. The Spirit went to the NSA World Series each year with Holava as their coach.
Holava earned her bachelor’s degree from Mount Union College in athletic training, with a minor in health and secondary education. A four-year starter for the Raiders, she was a two-time First Team All-Ohio Athletic Conference honoree and twice named to the All-Central Region First Team.