Sep 5, 2013
Jen McIntyre, a former Academic All-America third baseman at Penn State, has been named associate head coach of the Boston University softball team, second-year head coach Kathryn Gleason announced Thursday.
McIntyre joins the Terriers after spending the last 12 years on the coaching staff at her alma mater, including the previous three as associate head coach. Besides spending time on the recruiting trail, she worked extensively with the outfield defense as well as the Nittany Lion hitters. During her tenure, PSU reached six NCAA tournaments, highlighted by a regional final appearance in 2011.
"I am thrilled to welcome Jen McIntyre to Boston University and the BU softball program," said Gleason. "I have known Jen since our playing careers in the Big Ten as well as coaching against her throughout the years. She is an energetic, positive role model and coach, as well as a tireless recruiter, who has had success on and off the field with her student-athletes.
"She is committed to bringing her knowledge and experience to our Terrier program and excited to begin working with our team," Gleason added. "She will assist with all aspects of the program, as well as specifically be in charge of the outfield and hitters. I am excited to begin working with Jen and begin this 2013-14 season."
Twenty-one of McIntyre's recruits were named to All-Big Ten teams 33 times since she joined the staff in 2001, while seven were placed on the All-Region squads with three becoming NFCA All-Americans. Last season, graduating senior outfielder Cassidy Bell became PSU's first-ever First Team All-American after batting a program-record .456 at the plate and smashing 20 home runs.
"I am very excited to join head coach Kathryn Gleason and the Boston University softball program," McIntyre said. "I am looking forward to building upon the rich traditions and success the Terriers have had as we transition into the Patriot League. There is a tremendous amount of talent on the roster, and I am very thankful for the opportunity to be a part of what is sure to be a bright future."
Prior to returning to her alma mater, McIntyre spent the 2000 and 2001 season at fellow Big Ten member Indiana as the second assistant coach. During her time in Bloomington, three players were named to the All-Big Ten team.
A 1998 graduate of Penn State with a degree in kinesiology, McIntyre was the starting third baseman for the Nittany Lions from 1995-98. In 1997, she had a career year posting a .304 batting average over 53 games while leading the team in runs scored (29) and assists (138). A 1997 CoSIDA Verizon Academic All-America selection, she ranks sixth all-time with 42 career stolen bases. Also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, she was named team MVP as a junior and team captain as a senior.
In May 2001, McIntyre earned her master's degree in kinesiology/sports management and athletic administration at Indiana.