Aurora -- Jessica McDermitt, who served as Harmon School's softball coach from 2009-12, was named the new Aurora High School girls varsity softball coach at the Board of Education's Feb. 25 meeting.
She succeeds Micaela Minner, who stepped down after one season for personal reasons.
"I love the game of softball, and I love the increased competition that is presented at the high school level," McDermitt said.
"I will let the team know that I am 100 percent dedicated to them as softball players, students and young ladies," she said. "I am confident in their abilities, and I am excited to continue Aurora softball's winning tradition."
Also on the coaching staff are Jenna Micale, varsity assistant coach, and Steve Oravec, junior varsity coach.
"We are glad that Jessica is on our team," said Paul Powers, athletic director and facilities coordinator. "Her organization skills, along with having played the game at the college level, will be a benefit to the Lady Greenmen. She is a great educator, and we look forward to her taking these same skills to the softball field."
McDermitt, 26, is a seventh-grade mathematics teacher at Harmon School, where she is in her fifth year.
Growing up in Green in southern Summit County as the daughter of Mark and Paula Edmunds, she started playing softball at age 5 in her backyard with her father and neighbors, which soon led to her playing softball in coach pitch, travel leagues, high school and college.
She was a softball standout at Green High School, where she was all-Ohio honorable mention and a two-time first-team all-Suburban League selection as a second baseman. She also played basketball and golf in high school.
At Walsh University in North Canton, she earned American Mideast Conference honorable mention honors, also as a second baseman.
She lives with her husband, Drew, and their orange and white male cat, Milo.
"My philosophy on coaching is to remain positive and encouraging," she said. "I like to make things happen and manufacture runs with short-game skills, aggressive baserunning and offensive strategies.
"I feel honored and proud to represent Aurora softball at the varsity level," she added. "It is a position that I envisioned since graduating from high school."
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