A DSU alum and Hall of Famer, Janice Savage is entering second season as the full-time head coach, after serving as the interim during the 2013 season. Currently, her record stands at 57-52 (.522) overall and 27-9 (.750) in MEAC play.
In 2014, Savage guided Delaware State to its best overall finish (35-17) since 2004, in addition to a 15-3 MEAC mark en route to clinching the number one overall seed in the conference tournament. Also, the Hornets wrapped up the regular season with the highest RPI ranking out of any team in the MEAC at 158th.
With these accomplishments, Savage was named MEAC Coach of the Year, whereas three Hornets (Nicole Gazzola, Sandy Hawthorne, Jessica Madrid) earned First Team All-MEAC honors. Meanwhile, freshman sensation Tara Tursellino received MEAC Rookie of the Year, Second Team All-MEAC and NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) Mid-Atlantic All-Region Third Team recognition.
In the MEAC tournament, however, the Hornets’ season ended with a 9-2 loss to No. 1 Bethune-Cookman out of the south.
Nevertheless, the Columbia Blue & Red finished Top 25 in the country in batting (16th - .321) and ERA (25th – 2.12), held a season-long nine-game winning and saw eight players receive All-MEAC Academic honors.
At the end of the 2013 campaign, the Hornets finished with 22-35 overall record, while going 12-6 in MEAC play to place third in northern division. In postseason play, after eliminating Bethune-Cookman in the MEAC Tournament, the Hornets fell 5-1 to Norfolk State to end their season.
Also, during that year, infielder Nicole Gazzolla earned NFCA All-Region Second Team honors, while two Hornets received MEAC All-Tournament Team and First Team All-MEAC recognition.
For Savage, she is no stranger to the Delaware State softball program.
Previously, she served as the assistant softball coach at Delaware State, then rejoined the team in October 2010 after being the pitching coach at the University of North Florida from 2009-10.
Prior to her time at UNF, Savage worked one season at Bowling Green State University, where she served primarily as the pitching coach, but assisted with all aspects of the team.
Before going to UNF, Savage worked three seasons as an assistant coach for the Hornets, where she coached the pitching staff and hitters along with managing the program's recruiting, team conditioning, strength training and other daily operations.
In 2008, she helped lead the Hornets to the first MEAC Championship title and trip to the NCAA Regionals in school history. Savage and the Hornets nearly picked up the first NCAA Tournament win in school history as they were five outs away from defeating Texas, 2-1, before the Longhorns rallied to score two runs in the sixth inning for the win. The Hornets finished the season ranked in the top 10 in nation in two offensive categories; third in doubles per game (1.94 per game) and sixth in scoring (6.11 runs per game).
Before joining the DSU coaching staff, Savage finished the last two seasons of her collegiate career as a Hornet. In her two seasons for Del State, she was a dominant force on the mound ranking in the top 25 of the nation in strikeouts per seven innings (20th in 2004, 8.6 strikeouts per seven innings) and ERA (24th in 2004, 0.98). She still holds the DSU records for strikeouts in a career (323), season (185) and in a single game (17), along with MEAC records.
While at Delaware State, Savage was named to the All-MEAC first team, All-ECAC first team, a two-time NFCA Academic All-American and earned the MEAC Commissioner's academic award twice. Savage also played two seasons at Georgia Southern University where she was named to the All-Southern Conference. The pitcher played one season professionally overseas in 2005 for New Bologna, an upper division team in the Italian Federation League, becoming the first Delaware State female to sign a professional sports contract.
Savage was elected to the DSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010. She received her bachelor's degree in Sport Management and a master's in Sport Administration from Delaware State University. Savage resides in Dover, Del. with her children Jada and Colton.
Colton Savage and DSU mascot "Too Fly"
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