Jennifer Teague is set to begin her fifth season as the Bulls head coach after being named the seventh coach in school history and just the second head coach at the Division I level back in July 2008.
Last season, Teague led Buffalo to their best offensive season in school history, setting program bests in batting average, home runs, doubles and total bases. In addition, she helped coach Alexis Curtiss to one of the best rookie seasons in school history as she became just the third Buffalo player named to the All-MAC First Team.
In 2011, Teague helped coach players on to both the All-MAC Second Team and the All-MAC Freshman Team. The Bulls had their fair share of adversity over the season, having to replace its entire pitching staff from 2010 and playing the majority of the conference schedule without their top offensive player. Even with all of that, the Bulls fought for the final conference tournament spot right up to the last weekend of the year.
In her second year with the Bulls, Teague led the Bulls to just their second ever trip to the Mid-American Conference Tournament. Teague also coached Ashley Bertot onto the All-MAC Freshman Team.
In her first season with UB, Teague led the Bulls to a record of 25-27 (7-15 MAC), which tied the most wins in a single season in UB’s Division I softball era.
Coach Teague came to UB after a three-year stint as the top assistant and pitching coach at Eastern Michigan and was the also the head coach of the Philadelphia Force of the National Pro Fastpitch League.
The Eagles had a 70-80 overall record in the three years Teague was on staff, including a 33-25 conference mark. The 2007 team finished first in the MAC West and won the overall MAC Title, making the team’s first ever NCAA appearance. During the 2007 season, Teague helped the Eagles to a 2.83 team ERA, including seven shutouts. The pitching staff also limited opposing batters to a .245 average.
Following the 2007 collegiate season, Teague joined the Philadelphia Force of the National Pro Fastpitch League. She took over the coaching reins mid-season when the team was 7-9. With Teague at the helm, the Force went 17-11 and missed the playoffs after coming in a three-way tie for the last spot. While on staff, Teague helped the team lower its ERA and raise its batting average.
Teague remained head coach of the Force for the 2008 season and selected Katie Burkhart in the first round, who was the winning pitcher in the NCAA Championship game, pitching a four-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts.
Prior to joining the Eagles, Teague was a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Michigan during the Wolverine’s national championship season. The Maize and Blue were the first team east of the Mississippi River to win a Women’s College World Series national championship. Teague was part of a staff that garnered 2005 National Softball Coaching Staff of the Year honors.
A 1999 graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University, Teague arrived in Ann Arbor following a four-year head coaching stint with local NAIA school Concordia University from 2001-2004. Teague’s run at Concordia was highlighted by one regional championship and the school’s first-ever appearance in the NAIA National Championship in 2002. The Cardinals closed out the 2002 season ranked 14th out of 268 NAIA schools across the country. She also coached one NAIA All-American and four all-conference players during her tenure with Concordia.
A member of the NFCA, she started her coaching career as an assistant at her alma mater, Indiana Wesleyan, from 1999-2001 following a distinguished playing career, serving as co-captain of the 1998 and ’99 teams. Teague earned NCCAA All-American honorable mention recognition as a senior (1999) after earning NFCA, NAIA and NCCAA All-Region honors as a junior in 1998. She was also her team’s Most Valuable Offensive Player in 1998.