Mandi Baer enters her second year as Penn State Harrisburg softball head coach in 2021.
Her first season at the helm in 2020 was cut unexpectedly short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Lions got in just eight games before the spring season came to an end, with the Blue & White winning a pair of contests during the team’s annual spring break trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C. Under her guidance, six players were honored as North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Scholar-Athletes thanks to their success in the classroom during the 2019-20 academic year.
Baer took the reins of the program after nearly three years as an assistant at Division II Millersville. She became just the second head coach since the program's inception at Penn State Harrisburg in 2005. During her time in Lancaster, Baer helped the Marauders 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.
During her standout playing career 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 also serves as a game day manager for Penn State Harrisburg’s athletic department. She 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.