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Amanda Lehotak is in her second season as the Penn State softball head coach in 2015.
In her inaugural season at the helm of the program in 2014, Lehotak led the Nittany Lions to a 14-35 overall record with a 5-18 Big Ten record, finishing a spot higher in the conference standings than the year prior. Four players batted over .300 with Lexi Knief earning All-Big Ten second team accolades. Lehotak's team also achieved success in the classroom; nine players were named to the Academic All-Big Ten team and Alicia Walker garnered Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award honors.
Named the seventh coach in program history on July 22, 2013, Lehotak came to Penn State with seven years of head coaching experience under her belt, including the previous two seasons at Texas-San Antonio.
Lehotak guided the Roadrunners to a 27-26 overall record in 2013 to give the program just their second winning overall record in the last seven years. She also led the team to a fifth-place finish and a berth in the WAC Tournament in UTSA's first season in the conference. Additionally, Darian Blake was named to the All-WAC first team.
In her first season at UTSA, Lehotak and the Roadrunners posted a 24-28 overall record and 12-8 mark in Southland Conference play en route to a third-place finish, which was the program's highest finish since 2009. She had five players earn All-Southland honors in 2012, including Freshman of the Year Megan Low.
Prior to her time at UTSA, Lehotak spent six seasons at Jacksonville University, including five as the head coach. The Dolphins improved their win total each of Lehotak's five seasons at the helm, culminating in a 44-16 overall record and 18-2 conference mark in 2011.
That season, Jacksonville won the Atlantic Sun regular-season and tournament titles on its way to the first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history. Lehotak was selected as the 2011 Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year as her squad set school records for home runs, earned run average, shutouts and fielding percentage. Lehotak left Jacksonville with a school-record 137 wins.
In 2010, Lehotak led the Dolphins to a then-second-best win total in program history with a 33-23 overall record. Additionally, a then-program-record five student-athletes earned All-Atlantic Sun recognition under her guidance in 2010.
In addition to her one season as an assistant coach at Jacksonville, Lehotak was also an assistant coach at Missouri Western State for one season where she was responsible for recruiting, working with the outfielders, hitting instruction, coordinating camps and clinics, as well as managing the team's travel schedule.
She also served as an assistant coach at Daniel J. Gross High School in Bellevue, Neb. and was an interim assistant coach at College of Saint Mary in Omaha (2004).
A native of Omaha, Neb., Lehotak played collegiately at the University of Mississippi for two seasons (2000-01) before finishing her career at Nebraska-Omaha (2002-03). She set the single-season hits record in 2001 at Ole Miss and was a third team All-American at UNO with a pair of first team All-North Central Conference selections. Lehotak earned her bachelor's degree in family science from Nebraska-Omaha in 2003.