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Jordan Stevens enters his third season at the helm of the Valparaiso University softball program, after leading the Crusaders to the most successful season in program history in 2012. Valpo claimed its first Horizon League championship on its way to its first NCAA Appearance.
Stevens guided Valpo to 42 victories in last year, besting the previous record of 35. Along the way, the Crusaders enjoyed a 14-game winning streak, setting a new program record in that regard. Valpo finished Horizon League play with a 18-5 record..
The impetus for the Crusaders' success in 2011 and 2012 was in large part due to their record-setting offensive output. Valpo paced the league in nine separate offensive categories, setting new team single-season records for runs batted in (245) and home runs (49). Individually, Stevens coached seven league leaders, while two Crusaders broke Valpo's single-season RBIs record and three topped the previous single-season home runs mark.
Under Stevens' guidance, a remarkable twelve Crusaders received Horizon League postseason awards. The third-year coach has mentored six First Team and four Second Team All-League honorees, while two were named to the league's All-Newcomer Team. In addition, the Crusaders have placed two players on the NFCA All-Midwest Region Second Team and one was named a finalist for NFCA Player of the Year in 2012
The Crusaders' success in Stevens' first two seasons wasn't limited to just on-field action, however. Valpo also excelled in the classroom, earning the NFCA Team Academic Award and ranking 32nd nationally with a team GPA of 3.32. Eight Crusaders were named NFCA All-America Scholar Athletes as well.
Stevens came to Valpo after spending the 2010 season as head coach at Division III Union (N.Y.) College, leading the Dutchwomen to the most successful season in program history. He guided Union to a school-record tying 32 victories last year en route to its first Liberty League regular season title since 2005. The Dutchwomen went on to win their first-ever Liberty League Tournament championship, qualified for the ECAC Division III Upstate Championship as the top overall seed and won that title as well.
Under Stevens’ guidance, Union rose as high as #5 in the NFCA regional rankings in 2010. He coached the Liberty League Co-Pitcher of the Year, as well as six total All-League recipients. Stevens and his staff were also named the league’s Coaching Staff of the Year as they guided the Dutchwomen to the top spot in the league in both team batting average (.333) and team ERA (2.15).
Prior to arriving at Union, Stevens spent a year as assistant coach at the University of Rhode Island. While with the Rams in 2009, he was directly responsible for the development and coaching of the pitching staff, helping to lower the squad’s team ERA by 1.72 runs and reduce opponents’ batting average by 40 points.
Previously, Stevens served two seasons as an assistant coach at Niagara University, where he was responsible for development and individual instruction in hitting. He helped lead the Purple Eagles to single-season school records for batting average, hits and home runs, the latter of which was the second-highest single season mark in MAAC history. He helped guide Niagara to the winningest season in school history in 2008, coaching the conference Co-Player of the Year along the way. Niagara also finished among the top-20 teams nationally in doubles (2007), home runs (2008) and slugging percentage (2008) during his tenure.
From 2004 to 2006, Stevens was the head varsity softball coach at Notre Dame Academy in Toledo, Ohio. He helped the Eagles win two sectional championships, make two district final appearances and win back-to-back Toledo City League titles in 2004 and 2005. Stevens was named the league’s Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2005 and was honored as the Northwest Ohio Division I Coach of the Year in 2005 as well. Along the way, he coached 17 All-League athletes, 10 All-District honorees and two All-State recipients.
Stevens graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2004 with his bachelor’s degree as a sports management major. He is currently a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).
KC Boldt returns for her second season as an assistant coach for the 2013 year after closing out her Crusader career in 2011 with one of the most prolific seasons in program history.
Boldt set a new Valpo single-season record as a senior in 2011 with 11 home runs and closed her career sixth on the Crusaders' career home runs chart. She also matched the Crusader single-season RBIs record (42) and also moved into Valpo's single-season top-fives in slugging percentage (.597, 2nd), total bases (95, 3rd) and runs scored (38, t-4th) as well. A Second Team All-Horizon League honoree, Boldt also ranked among the league's top-five as well in all five aforementioned categories, including tying for the league crown in runs scored.
Throughout her time as a player with the Crusaders, Boldt assisted with Valpo's various camps and clinics that it hosted. She has also assisted with clinics in her home region of the Twin Cities. A member of the Horizon League's Academic Honor Roll during her playing career, Boldt graduated from Valparaiso in the spring of 2011 with a bachelor's degree in business management. She is currently working towards her master's degree in sports administration.
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