Pettipiece Named Head Coach Of University of Akron Softball Team

Blenheim product Meaggan Pettipiece has been named head coach of the University of Akron’s softball team.

Pettiepiece had served as an assistant coach with Kent State the past three seasons, and is a former All-American and National champion as an athlete.

“We are excited to welcome Meaggan to the Zips’ family,” University of Akron Zips Director of Athletics Larry Williams said in a school news release. “She has so many of the attributes of a highly successful leader. She is focused, driven, and inspiring. But above all, she is completely committed to the development of talented student-athletes through sport. I am confident that our softball student-athletes will benefit greatly from her mentorship and guidance, and together the program will achieve many new levels of remarkable success.”

Prior to Kent State, Pettipiece was the head coach at Northwood University for 10 seasons, and also spent time as an assistant at California University, where she also played as a student.

“I am very thankful for this opportunity to be the head softball coach at the University of Akron,” Pettipiece said in the release. “I will expend all the energy and talents I have to make the Akron softball program successful. I will strive to create a championship-caliber program that allows all of the student-athletes that I have the opportunity to coach to excel and grow both on and off the field. I cannot wait to begin working with these student-athletes and begin building a foundation for our program that competes on the conference and national levels.”

Pettipiece (nee Wilton), played with Canada’s National team, including at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, and was an alternate for the 2004 Games in Greece. She has a pair of silver medals from the Pan American Games.

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