Assistant Coach Jody Hennigar
Jody Hennigar enters his first season as pitching coach for the UB softball program during the 2018-19 campaign. Hennigar brings over 45 years of playing and coaching experience to UB, having been a member of the Canadian National Men's Fastpitch Team for over a decade.
"I'm very happy to have welcome coach Hennigar to our staff," said interim head coach Mike Ruechel. "He has competed at the highest level and is internationally recognized. His knowledge of the game will help elevate our team to the next level."
Hennigar comes to Buffalo after spending last season as the pitching coach for Jacksonville University where he helped the Dolphins staff post a 2.80 team ERA with 176 strikeouts and 27 victories in the circle. He helped sophomore Alyssa Bilodeau post a career year as she went 16-13 with a 2.32 ERA and 115 strikeouts across 190.0 innings of work.
Before Jacksonville, he was the head coach of the Tampa Mustangs 14U travel team from 2012-2016. Under his leadership, the squad has advanced to two ASA Championships. He also assisted at nearby Saint Leo University with pitching clinics, and has been involved in pitching and hitting workshops with the local Dixie Softball Chapter for the past 10 years. Since 2003, he has served as an individual instructor for aspiring softball players, producing over 30 NCAA Division I athletes, and many more at lower levels.
Prior to his time with the Mustangs, Hennigar served as the head coach of the Florida Ultimate Gold showcase team from 2007-2012, leading the group to three ASA National Championship appearances. He served as a volunteer coach for the Howard University Bison softball team in 2005.
As an instructor, he has long since been involved in international softball clinics, facilitating pitching workshops in the United States, Canada, Guatemala, South Africa, and The Philippines, among other countries.
He served on the coaching staff of the 1985 New Zealand Boy's 18U National Championship team.
Hennigar's illustrious playing career has included medal-winning performances in both the United States and his home country of Canada.
His first gold medal came in 1980, winning a Canadian National Championship Gold Medal while competing on the Olympic Bingo Midget Fastpitch Team of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
As a member of the Canadian National Men's Fastpitch Team from 1989-2002, Hennigar earned five medals, winning top honors at the ISF World Championships in 1992, silver in 1996, and bronze in 2000. He won a pair of gold medals with the squad at the Pan American games, taking home top honors in 1995 and 1999.
His time with the Canadian National Team saw him win two gold, four silver, and three bronze medals at the Canadian National Championships between 1986-2005. During that time, he was a six-time All-Canadian Team selection, winning the MVP Player and MVP Pitcher awards twice each.
Hennigar was a six-time selection for the International Softball Congress All-World Team, with his Canadian squad winning ISC World Championships in 1987, 1997, and 1999.
He also competed in 17 National Fastpitch Championships for the Amateur Softball Association, winning four silver and three bronze medals. He is a six-time ASA All-American Selection, and has been once named the ASA MVP, and twice the ASA MVP Pitcher.
Hennigar's storied career on the diamond has led to his induction into several distinguished softball circles. He was placed in the Canadian National Softball Hall of Fame in 2009, and the Nova Scotia Softball and Sports Hall of Fames in 2010. Also in 2010, he was enshrined in the ASA Softball Hall of Fame, making it into the ISC Hall in 2011. Finally, he was placed in the Highland Park Softball Association Hall of Fame in 2012.
Hennigar attended Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI from 1984-85, and Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, IA from 1987-88.
Assistant Coach Cortney Radke
Cortney Radke begins her first season as assistant coach for the University at Buffalo softball team in 2018. Radke comes to Buffalo after spending the last two seasons as pitching coach at division II West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, WV.
Radke had a strong presence at West Virginia Wesleyan last season as she was able to help the pitching staff post a 3.18 ERA while helping the Bobcats post 43 victories during their 2018 campaign. Under Radke's watchful eye, Hannah Vet turned into an ace for the Bobcats as she posted a 25-6 record with a 1.62 ERA while striking out 123 batters and allowing opponents to bat just .218 against.
As a player at UNF, she was a four-year member of the Ospreys as a pitcher at the Division I school and ended her career as one of UNF's top pitchers. She is in the record books for top 10 leaders in: wins (38), appearances (108), shutouts (11), strikeouts (474), batter faced (2095).
In her senior year she had 31 appearances, recorded a 2.31 ERA in 118.1 innings. She tallied three complete-game shutouts against; Stetson, Troy and Middle Tennessee and also did not surrender a walk in 11 of her 31 appearances and held opponents to less than two hits in ten outings.
Her junior year in 2013 she assisted the pitching staff in having the Atlantic-Sun's lowest ERA of the season (1.97), which was ranked 19th nationally. The staff had seven straight shutouts and kept opponents scoreless for 54.1 innings. The team was named regular-season champions for the Atlantic-Sun conference. She also threw a no-hitter against Towson.
In her freshman year in 2011, she set multiple single season records, which included: strikeouts (310), innings pitched (268.2), appearances (49), games started (32) and completed games (27). She had a 2.37 ERA, recorded seven shutouts, fanned 10-or-more batters in eight games and pitched 17 strikeouts in seven innings of work at UCF.
In Radke's freshman debut she was two-time Pitcher of the Week, made the Atlantic-Sun All-Freshman Team and was Freshman of the Year.
Following graduation, she was recruited to play internationally in Auckland, New Zealand for a seven-month period. While in New Zealand, Radke was one of the top three pitchers in the Auckland division.
She ended her season abroad with an ERA of 0.53 in 80 innings of play, where she tallied 73 strikeouts. While in New Zealand she also coached a 17 and Under men's softball team, where two of her athletes made the 17 and Under National Team. One athlete made the 14 and Under National Team and was named MVP of the tournament.
Director of Softball Operations Matt Meyer
Matt Meyer begins his sixth season working for the University at Buffalo’s softball program. Meyer enters his second season as the team’s Director of Softball Operations. Previously, he served as the Director of Managerial Staff throughout his entire undergraduate career.
In his position, Meyer will assist in all facets of the program, including day to day operations, team travel, supervising managerial staff, budget oversight, future scheduling, video coordinator, and serving as the liaison between the softball program and both the equipment room and media relations.
Meyer graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration concentrating in both marketing and human resources management. Currently, he is enrolled in UB’s Graduate School of Education, studying Higher Education Administration.
A native of Long Island, NY, Meyer also works in the athletic department as the Event Operations Intern and assisting with the equipment staff.