LAWRENCEVILLE—Jaclyn Timko has been named the head coach of the Rider University softball team as announced by Director of Athletics Don Harnum.
“I am excited to add Jaclyn to the Rider coaching staff,” said Harnum. “She has been a big part of successful teams, both as a player and as a coach, and I am confident she has the skill set to provide our players with a positive, competitive Division I softball experience.”
“I’m excited for this opportunity,” said Timko. “Having recently finished my playing career, I know the challenges that the current student-athletes face every day and can assist them in their development both on and off the field. I’m looking forward to hitting the ground running and building upon the foundation of the Rider softball program to generate excitement for our team and student-athletes.”
The 2012 Northeast Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year, Timko enjoyed a stellar four-year career at Robert Morris University, graduating with a degree in Psychology.
Timko earned her Master’s degree in Leadership from RMU, where she served two seasons as an assistant coach. A part of the 2013 Northeast Conference Coaching Staff of the Year in her first season as an assistant coach, she helped the Colonials to their third-consecutive NEC regular-season title that year, posting a 30-17-1 overall mark and a 16-4 record in league play. RMU won at least 30 games for the second straight year, including a doubleheader sweep of local rival Pitt. Three Colonials won a major postseason award from the NEC in 2013 while a fourth was selected All-NEC First Team. In her two full seasons on staff, RMU won 54 games.
Arguably the top hitter in Robert Morris history, Timko was a three-time All-NEC selection, claiming First Team honors as a junior in 2011 and Second Team distinction in 2010 and 2012.
An outfielder who possessed both power and speed, her career .359 batting average is the highest in RMU history and Timko is the Colonial’s all-time leader with 130 runs scored. Additionally, Timko ranks second in career hits (201) and home runs (27) and fourth in career RBIs (92) and she is also the only Colonial to own at least three of the top 25 single-season batting averages in RMU history.
Timko helped lead RMU to four of its best seasons in school history, winning 114 games in her career, including a school-record 35 victories in 2012. The Colonials went 55-22 in the NEC during her career.
Timko spent this past season as head coach and academic counselor at New Jersey City University.
Timko replaces 21-year Bronc head coach Tricia Carroll who resigned in November.