Friday's game vs. Oregon State will be Amanda Lehotak's first competition as head coach of the Lions
BEFORE PENN STATE
Four-year member of Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devils softball team under the direction of head coach Jamie Richardson ... Helped team to District 3 Mid-Penn Conference Tournament championship and a Colonial Division championship in 2009 ... Repeated as winners of both in 2010 ... Advanced to the opening round of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Championships every season (2009-13) ... Earned second team All-State honors as a senior ... Named to Colonial Division all-star lists by the Chambersburg Public Opinion and Harrisburg Patriot News as a junior and senior ... Earned Chambersburg Public Opinion Softball Player of the Year accolades in 2013 ... Played travel ball with Lady Orioles Gold of Glen Burnie, Md. ... Tabbed as an adidas Futures All-Star in 2010 ... Also lettered in cross country for two years ... Captain of undefeated 2010 cross country squad ... Earned Distinguished Honor Roll from 2009-11.
Mary Kathleen Ward was born March 30, 1995, in Hagerstown, Md., to Lisa and Dennis Ward ... Mother is a nursing instructor at Penn State Mont Alto and father is a Penn State alumnus ... Has two younger siblings, Matthew and Elizabeth.
WARD ON PENN STATE
"I chose Penn State because it is a beautiful campus where I can get a great education and be involved with one of Penn State's great athletic traditions."