"I am so excited to have both Amanda and Haley join the Covenant softball staff and I am so thankful that God led them both to Covenant," said Rohn, who will enter her first year as the Covenant head coach in 2021.
Jones was a standout shortstop at Messiah College for four years and spent the last two seasons as an assistant at her alma mater.
"I am very excited to transition to Covenant and work with Jenny to build a dynamic and impactful softball program," said Jones. "I believe in Jenny's vision and aspirations for this team, and I can't wait to work alongside her to get there."
In her playing career, Jones was a three-time NFCA All-East Region honoree and a four-time All-MAC Commonwealth selection. She is the Messiah career leader in triples (16) and assists (412) while ranking in the top five in RBIs (124) and stolen bases (62). Jones was the fourth player in Messiah history to achieve 200 career hits as she finished with 218.
She helped Messiah to 142 wins over her four years with three NCAA Tournament appearances, including a runner-up finish in 2016.
In her coaching role with Messiah, Jones had a hand in nearly all softball operations. Prior to joining the staff at Messiah, she was an assistant coach at Dallastown Area High School for one season.
Jones recently played shortstop and center field in the American Softball Association (ASBA) in Mobile, Ala., in the summer of 2019 before currently playing her first season in the NPF (National Pro Fastpitch) with the California Commotion in the summer of 2020.
"Amanda brings great knowledge in all areas of the game including her outstanding playing career and current pro softball commitment. She is strong in her faith and brings a lot to the table in the discipleship of student-athletes," Rohn added.
"What I hope to bring to the Covenant program is my knowledge of what it takes to be a winning program and playing for God's glory," Jones continued. "I look forward to tapping into my experiences to further develop and cultivate our players holistically as well as pursue excellence on the diamond."
Jones graduated from Messiah in 2017 with a degree in health/physical education K-12. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in intercollegiate athletic leadership from Messiah and is expected to finish that program in May 2021.
Brown joins Rohn's staff as a volunteer assistant and will work with the pitching staff.
"I am incredibly grateful to be returning to the game that taught me so much about myself in my adolescent years," said Brown. "As a pitching coach, I'm looking forward to challenging these young women in their faith while helping them command the mound with confidence. I want to thank Jenny Rohn and Dr. Tim Sceggel for this awesome opportunity."
Brown was a CoSIDA Academic All-America selection in 2014 and a four-time all-conference honoree at Urbana from 2011-14. In her career at Urbana, Brown set several program career pitching records including ERA (2.20), wins (48), innings pitched (511.2), and strikeouts (543). She earned Great Midwest Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2013 and then set an Urbana single-season record with 17 wins with a 1.64 ERA and 184 strikeouts as a senior.
She became the first and only athlete in Urbana history to earn Female Student-Athlete and Student-Athlete of the Year honors from the institution when she did so as a senior. Brown was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree, becoming the first female athlete in Urbana history to earn that award, before collecting Academic All-America honors as a senior.
After her playing career, Brown spent one season as an assistant coach at Urbana.
"We are so blessed to have Haley Brown on staff with us as a volunteer," said Rohn. "Haley was an outstanding pitcher in college and is the record holder for eight pitching categories at her alma mater. Her wealth of knowledge about pitching and her love for the Lord is very strong."
Brown graduated from Urbana with a dual degree in management and entrepreneurship in 2014 after posting a perfect 4.0 GPA.
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