Danny Haas has been named the new OC softball coach. An alum of the United States Naval Academy and the University of Washington, Haas has recently retired from the Federal Government after spending over 30 years managing civilian training at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. He was the Navy Corporate Training Manager responsible for all civilian training provided by all public shipyards across the United States.
In 1995 Haas received the Naval Association Superintendent of the Year and Civilian Manager of the Year, plus the Naval Civilian Meritorious Achievement Award in 1996 and 2001.
Haas is no stranger to Olympic College. He taught as an adjunct faculty member almost 20 years at OC in a variety of subjects which included Math and English.
Haas bases his personal and professional life around the principles of motivation and goal setting. He is certified by the Edge Learning Institiute to teach human effectiveness. Haas's coaching philosophy is simple - he will push his team to compete to the highest level, but academic achievement and positive personal growth are paramount.
As a softball coach, Haas was a coach with the Diamond Dusters and Northwest Sidewinders for 15 years. Two of his teams won state and regional championships, and five participated in National Tournaments. Haas has two daughters who both played softball and were recruited by NCAA Division I programs. His oldest daugher Lauren attended Southern Illinois University where she played in three NCAA tournaments and was a two-time All-Missouri Valley Conference selection. In 2008 she was named Player of the Year.
Here is a link to the Kitsap Sun article regarding his hiring.
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Heather Jenkins entered her first season as the Assistant Softball Coach at Olympic College in the fall of 2013. Jenkins comes to OC from Virginia where she graduated from Orange County High School in 2009; earning a career as second team All-State selection, Three-time All-District selection and, two-time All-Area as a short-stop and pitcher.
Jenkins is a 2013 Bridgewater College graduate located Bridgewater, Virginia.
In Jenkins’ freshman season (2010) she played a split role at shortstop and in the pitcher’s circle. She was a Second team All-ODAC selection in the circle in 2011, posting a 1.98 ERA in 120.1 innings of work, and also tied for first of single season rankings with highest fielding percentage. In 2011 she saw time in Right field when she was not pitching.
In 2012, Jenkins was a Third team All-Atlantic region selection, third team All-ODAC choice, conference leading 7 shutouts in regular season, and earned key victories over two top 10 nationally ranked teams. Jenkins posted a 1.36 ERA and tallied 17 wins during the season. Led the single season rankings in complete games (21) and innings pitched (154).
In her senior year, Jenkins was First team All-ODAC selection, wrapped up the year with a 1.29 ERA, 19 complete games and four shutouts.
Throughout Jenkins’ collegiate career she has seen time as a pitcher, short-stop, and right fielder giving her a well round knowledge of all positions. Ending her career as All-time leader in Shutouts (20), Complete games (60), and innings pitched (477.1), Second All-time Career Wins at 51 (2 shy of claiming all-time leader), and third in lowest opponent batting average of .218.
She was also a right handed batter seeing time in the everyday hitting lineup. Jenkins obtained her Bachelors of Science Degree majoring in Health and Exercise Science. Coach Jenkins’ focus is primarily with the pitchers and outfielders, and will also assist with the hitters.