Ohio State softball head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly announced Friday the hiring of Amanda Buchholz as an assistant coach for the Buckeyes. Buchholz comes from Miami (Ohio) where she spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach under Schoenly.
"I am thrilled and grateful Amanda has decided to join our staff at Ohio State," Schoenly said. "She has so much passion for the game and for developing her players. She is a defensive technician and has a knack for making defensive adjustments that win ballgames. I am confident the players will thrive under her energy and knowledge."
Working with the RedHawk defense, Buchholz helped guide Miami to three-consecutive 30-plus win seasons, including a program-record 41-win campaign in 2012 that concluded with a MAC Tournament championship and an NCAA Tournament berth. Along with being in charge of all defensive aspects, she was camp director at Miami, was the staff's leader for marketing and was the liaison to the strength staff.
"One of the qualities that I love about coaching with Amanda is that she models the competitiveness that our players will need to win championships," Schoenly said. "In addition, she will push them to be their best and sets the standards high. She had a great mentor in Coach Revelle at Nebraska and has taken that guidance and ran with it in the last three years."
During her time at Miami, Buchholz helped put together three of the Top defensive units in program history highlighted by the 2010 campaign when the RedHawks broke the team record for best fielding percentage with a .975 mark, breaking the .968 fielding percentage set in 1987 (The .975 fielding percentage was ranked tenth in the country). Her following two defensive squads notched .967 and .966 fielding percentages, respectively, despite having to replace more than half of the starting lineup.
"I am very excited for this opportunity to be part of an amazing program," Buchholz said. "Coach Schoenly does a great job developing players and building elite programs, so I feel humbled she asked me to join her staff. Ohio State has the qualities and players it takes to be the best on and off the field. The support we get from the administration and athletic department is a testament to their dedication to our program and its tradition, people and excellence. I look forward to competing on a national stage and making Buckeye Softball a common name deep into postseason play."
Known as a dedicated worker on and off the field, Buchholz began her coaching career at her alma mater, Nebraska, where she spent six years as a volunteer assistant coach under coach Revelle - a 2010 NFCA Hall of Fame Inductee with more than 750 career wins.
Although she was not an official paid member of the staff, Buchholz put in more than 40 hours of week with the team, while also working for a construction company part time on the side.
Buchholz was the starting shortstop for the Huskers from 2000-03, earning first team All-Big 12 honors, as well as Academic All-Big 12 honors. She led Nebraska to the 2002 College World Series and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Iowa City Regional. She concluded her playing career in the National Pro Fastpitch League, playing for the Texas Thunder in 2004.
Buchholz first joined the Nebraska softball program in 2000 when she joined the Huskers in mid-March following her freshman season as a guard on the Nebraska women's basketball team. She immediately saw action on the diamond, starting the final 49 games of the season. Buchholz started every game from 2001-03, ending her career with 235 career starts. Following her addition to the starting lineup, she never missed a start, tying for sixth place in the Nebraska career record book for games played.
In her highly-decorated Husker career, Buchholz was a first team All-Big 12 selection as well as a two-time first team Academic All-Big 12 honoree. She helped Nebraska to a 192-67 record in her four years, the most wins in a four-year stretch in program history. The Huskers won one Big 12 title during her career, while finishing in the Top 15 of the final USA Today/NFCA coaches poll all four years.
After her Husker playing career ended in the 2003 NCAA Tournament, Buchholz jumped into the coaching field that fall, as she became the first head softball coach in the history of Lincoln North Star High School. Buchholz returned to the Nebraska softball program as a fifth-year coach in 2004, as she completed her final semester of work toward her undergraduate degree.
An Ogallala, Neb., native, Buchholz earned her bachelor of science and education degree in middle grades education/coaching from Nebraska in May of 2004.