Lehotak Finalizes Coaching Staff with Addition of Gibson, Guthrie
Aug. 8, 2013
Gibson joins Lehotak from University of Texas-San Antonio (UTSA), after serving as the pitching coach the past two years, while Guthrie was the head softball coach and assistant athletic director at the Marion Military Institute (MMI) in Alabama from 2007-13.
"I believe I have assembled an outstanding coaching staff that will help bring Penn State softball back to the top nationally," Lehotak said. "Both Megan and Joe offer diverse coaching styles that will make the staff multi-dimensional."
Gibson will serve as the pitching coach under Lehotak, bringing a championship mindset that harkens back to her playing days as a three-time All-American at Texas A&M. The 2008 graduate is the only player in Big 12 history to win both Player and Pitcher of the Year in the same season after leading the Aggies to a runner-up finish in the Women's College World Series.
Prior to UTSA, Gibson was selected by the Philadelphia Force with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 National Professional Fastpitch League Senior Draft, while also spending a season in the Japanese Softball Association.
"Megan has an incredible ability to make pitchers buy into their strengths and become competitive on the mound," Lehotak said. "She has played at the highest levels of our game and knows exactly what it takes to get there."
Guthrie's primary responsibilities will be hitting and the outfield, in addition to serving as the program's recruiting coordinator. He compiled an impressive track record as the head coach at MMI, leading his teams to the National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 22 Tournament three of the last four seasons.
A baseball player at the University of Alabama, the 2001 graduate served in the U.S. Army from 2002-05 before becoming a scout for the Florida Marlins in 2006-07. Guthrie most recently represented the NJCAA on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Recruiting Committee while coaching at MMI.
"Joe brings a wealth of knowledge from all levels softball," Lehotak said. "He has a great ability to make the game simple for athletes to understand."