Former Millersville assistant and Bloomsburg standout Amanda Baer begins her first year Penn State Harrisburg softball head coach this season. She is just the second head coach since the program's inception in 2005.
Baer takes the reins of the program after nearly three years as an assistant with the Marauders. During her time in Lancaster, Baer helped the team to a pair of Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Tournament berths, including the program's first-ever PSAC postseason appearance in 2016. The following spring, MU's Brittany Smith was named the PSAC East Player of the Year and the 2018 campaign saw Millersville make another run to the PSAC playoffs.
At Bloomsburg, Baer was a four-year starter. The middle infielder was twice named National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Second-Team All-Region following her sophomore and junior campaigns after earning PSAC All-Conference recognition in 2012. For her career, she hit .300 and helped lead the Huskies to three 30-win seasons and four NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to super regionals following her freshman season.
In addition to her coaching experience and playing days, she has also assisted with a variety of softball camps and clinics as an instructor during her time at both Bloomsburg and Millersville.
Baer earned her master's degree in Sports Science and Sports Administration from Lock Haven in 2018 after graduating from Bloomsburg with a bachelor's degree in Psychology in 2014.