Capital University Athletics has found its new leader to take the softball program into the 2020 season. Andrea Nagy has been named the 10th head softball coach in program history. The announcement of Nagy's hire was made by Director of Athletics and Recreation, Roger Ingles, on Monday, August 19.
"We are excited about having Andrea join our staff at Capital. Andrea brings a solid Division III coaching background and has had success at all levels as a player and a coach. Her knowledge of the OAC and Capital will allow her to hit the ground running. We believe Andrea will be a great fit in our athletic department and her student-athlete-first mentality will make her a great fit."
Capital University director of athletics and recreation
Nagy, a native of Elyria, Ohio, returns to Capital after spending the previous two seasons with Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. She spent two seasons as the graduate assistant coach at Capital from 2016-17 under former head coach, Nan Payne.
"I am really excited to come back to Capital. As an alumnus of the MBA program and former graduate assistant coach, I truly feel part of the Cap Family. I am excited to continue to work with many familiar faces in the athletic department and on campus."
Capital University head softball coach
Over the course of her two seasons at CU, Nagy helped develop five all-region picks, 11 Academic All-OAC honorees, and eight all-conference selections. With her assistance, Cap made a major run at the end of the year to advance to the 2017 Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Tournament championship game where the Crusaders finished runners-up.
Nagy spent the previous two years in a second stint with Case Western Reserve as an assistant coach and in 2018 helped the Spartans the most successful season in program history. Her impact led Case Western Reserve to finish fifth at the 2018 NCAA Division III Championships, the best finish by any team in school history behind a program-best 38-12 record. The Spartans finished the year ranked sixth in Division III, which led the coaching staff to be named NFCA Regional and UAA Coaching Staff of the Year.
Nagy also spent this past summer serving as an assistant coach with the Cleveland Comets of the National Pro Fastpitch (NFP) softball league. There she assisted during home contests in the areas of pre-game batting and fielding practice, and skill evaluation of different areas of the team.
The Spartans have had Nagy on staff two different times. Prior to joining Capital, Nagy spent two seasons with CWRU taking in her first coaching experience between 2014 and 2015. In year one, Nagy coached the Spartans to a University Athletic Association (UAA) Tournament Championship, which led to UAA Coaching Staff of the Year honors. The following season was equally successful after the Spartans broke the then-school record for wins in a season, finishing 32-11 overall.
"I am excited to lead a program with all of the knowledge that I have gained," said Nagy. "Between my time at the Division I, Division III, and National Pro Fastpitch levels I am excited and ready to lead this program and look forward to creating a coaching staff that has the same passion for Capital and for building leadership through softball as I do."
As a student-athlete at Cleveland State (NCAA Division I), Nagy was impressive on the field and in the classroom, making the Horizon League Honor Roll and being named a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American Scholar-Athlete. She helped the Vikings to Horizon League Conference tournament championships in 2008 and 2010, and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2009. She graduated from CSU in 2012 with a degree in communication management and also holds a master's degree in business administration from Capital ('17).
"I would like to thank Amy Backus and Josie Henry for allowing me to grow as a coach at Case Western Reserve University," said Nagy. "I would like to also thank Roger Ingles, Dixie Jeffers and the search committee at Capital for giving me the opportunity to come back to the CapFam to lead a great group of young women."
Nagy inherits a Crusaders team that went 12-28 overall and 4-14 in OAC play in 2019, missing out on the conference tournament for the second year in a row. Cap returns many key veteran players including seniors Morgan Fadel (OF), Cory Mangen (SS), and Hannah Martin (OF), as well as upperclassmen Alyx Slusher (Jr., UTL), Erica Ogden (Jr., OF) and Lauren Kachure (So., 3B).