Jennifer Herzig | Assistant Coach
Jennifer Herzig is heading into her seventh season with JMU softball. She was hired by Head Coach Mickey Dean on Sept. 5, 2012. Herzig works specifically with the catchers and the outfield.
In July 2018, Herzig was promoted from assistant coach to associate head coach.
“We are extremely happy to have Coach Herzig join our staff,” Dean announced. “She brings a great deal of experience and will be a huge asset in helping our program reach the high standards we have set.”
In her six seasons in Harrisonburg, the Dukes have compiled a 280-70 record, including an 107-11 mark in Colonial Athletic Association play. JMU has set single-season win totals, including a 52-8 record in 2016. She helped the program reach the top 10 in both major softball polls and five NCAA Championship berths. The Dukes have won a game in all five NCAA tournament appearances, including taking the Harrisonburg Regional title in 2016 to advance to the program’s first NCAA Super Regional.
In 2017, Herzig guided Kate Gordon to the program's first ever outfielding NFCA All-America accolade. Gordon also received All-CAA First Team, VaSID All-State First Team and NFCA All-Region First Team. She helped the Dukes to their seventh overall and sixth consecutive NCAA Regional appearance as JMU captured a 43-14 record, recording 19-2 in conference competition.
Herzig guided Taylor Newton to All-CAA honors over the 2017 season as Newton went on to set JMU and the Colonial Athletic Association’s RBI record. Freshman catcher Kierstin Roadcap and outfielder Cambry Arnold earned CAA All-Rookie honors under Herzig’s tutelage. All three Dukes were honored with NFCA All-Northeast Region First Team honors. JMU finished the season with a 52-8 mark with an 18-2 record in conference play. JMU swept the conference tournament to win the 2017 CAA Championship, marking the first time in program history that the Dukes have won back-to-back conference titles. The Dukes went 2-2 in the Waco Regional, falling to the host Lady Bears in the finals.
In 2016, Herzig helped two Dukes earn All-CAA honors in Erica Field and Taylor Newton. Field was named CAA Defensive Player of the year for the third straight season and both she and Newton earned NFCA All-Northeast Region honors for the second straight season. The Dukes finished the season 50-6 along with an 18-1 record in CAA play. This earned the Dukes the No. 7 overall seed for the 2016 NCAA Championship.
In 2015, Herzig helped two Dukes make the All-CAA First Team in Erica Field and Taylor Newton. Field was tabbed CAA Defensive Player for the second straight season and both she and Newton were recognized on the NFCA All-Northeast Region Team. The Dukes went 48-10 on the year and a perfect 19-0 in league play to earn the No. 15 overall seed for the NCAA Championship.
In 2014, Herzig helped a pair of rookie outfielders to All-CAA status, which included CAA Rookie of the Year Niki Prince. Prince was a First Team All-CAA selection while Newton made the Second Team. JMU went 45-15 overall and 15-3 in CAA play, while also claiming its second CAA tournament title after going 3-0 in the conference tournament.
In her first season, she helped guide the Dukes to a 42-17 record and an 18-3 mark in the CAA. JMU finished second in the CAA regular season and conference tournament and picked up the program's first ever NCAA Tournament at-large bid. Madison traveled to the Knoxville Regional at the University of Tennessee and picked up the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament with a 5-0 win over Longwood. The Dukes placed seven players on the two All-CAA teams, two on the All-Rookie team and had the CAA Player and Rookie of the Year.
Herzig comes to JMU after serving the previous seven seasons as the head coach at UNCG where she won 173 games. In her time in Greensboro, the Spartans made their first ever appearance in the Southern Conference championship game. Four times in her seven seasons, her team upset the SoCon tournament’s top-seeded team, including becoming the first No. 8 seed to beat the No. 1 seed in consecutive seasons (2006-07).
In addition to success at the SoCon tournament, Herzig has coached 24 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar-Athletes and 21 Academic All-Southern Conference selections. She recruited and coached UNCG’s career leader in hits (Alex Emeterio) and strikeouts (Amber Harrell) as well as coaching two members of the Puerto Rican national team and one Canadian junior national team player. Under her tutelage, 12 players were named All-Southern Conference, four were named to the All-Freshman team and seven made appearances on the All-Tournament team, including the 2010 tournament MVP in Harrell.
Prior to taking her position at UNCG, Herzig served as an assistant coach at Charlotte under head coach Aimee DeVos. She worked primarily with the infielders, catchers and hitters while also coaching first base. Herzig also worked as a graduate assistant coach at East Tennessee State and briefly served as the university’s interim head coach from August to December in 2002.
Herzig played at Charlotte from 1997-2001. She was a four-year letterwinner at first base and catcher and an NFCA Academic All-America selection.
Libby Morris | Assistant Coach
Libby Morris is in her second season with the Softball team at James Madison University, serving as an assistant coach, with a focus on pitching.
In her first season in Harrisonburg, Morris helped the Dukes to a 43-14 overall record, including 19-2 in Colonial Athletic Association play. She instructed both the CAA Player of the Year (Odicci Alexander) and the CAA Rookie of the Year (Payton Buresch) in the circle. Buresch was also named VaSID Rookie of the Year and named a Top-25 finalist for NFCA's Freshman of the Year under Morris' direction.
Morris came to JMU after spending a year at Jacksonville University as a graduate assistant manager, before being promoted to assistant coach in the summer of 2017. The former Longwood University standout took over the pitching coach duties for the Dolphins after her promotion to assistant coach.
While at Longwood, Morris helped the Lancers to a pair of Big South Championship titles and two NCAA Regional appearances in 2013 and 2015. Her stellar pitching career included 61 games won, and was highlighted by a 21-win season as a sophomore. She was a two-time Big South Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player (2013, 2015) and left Longwood fourth on the program’s all-time wins list and ranking in the top five in career strikeouts with 327.
Morris graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and worked as a family services specialist with the Bedford Department of Social Services. She also served as a volunteer assistant coach with the Randolph College softball team in her first year after graduation. At Randolph, she focused on creating pitching workouts for the pitching staff. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Leadership and Learning online from Jacksonville University.