MIDDLETOWN, Pa. – Former Millersville assistant and Bloomsburg standout Amanda Baer has been named Penn State Harrisburg softball head coach. She is set to become the Lions' second head coach since the program's inception in 2005.
"We are thrilled to bring on Amanda Baer as our next softball head coach," said Penn State Harrisburg Director of Athletics Rahsaan Carlton. "She brings with her great success at the NCAA Division II level as both a coach and player and we are excited for her to lead the next chapter of our program. It is an exciting time for Penn State Harrisburg softball."
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.
"I am very excited to start my journey at Penn State Harrisburg," said Baer. "This program has great potential and I can't wait to take the team to the next level. I want to thank Penn State Harrisburg for giving me the platform to build a program that can compete as a top contender at the Division III level. I am very grateful for this opportunity and I look forward to working with the team and athletic staff."
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.