2018 Softball
Record: 0-0 Home: 0-0 Away: 0-0 MWC: 0-0
2018 Softball Coaches
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Jackie Sernek
Head Coach- 1st Season

Sernek, a standout pitcher for the Rams from 2011-14, was named Cornell's head softball coach in May 2017.

Sernek takes the torch from the program’s winningest coach in Shanda Ness, who closed an unparalleled 11-year run with seven consecutive 20-win seasons. Sernek played four seasons for Ness and was a key cog on Cornell’s first NCAA Division III Tournament team in 2013.

“This is truly an honor for the Cornell community to welcome me back as the next head softball coach,” said Sernek, a 2014 Cornell graduate. “I hope to do the program justice and continue its success. We have the talent and the means to keep it going.”

“It’s an ideal situation for any coach to have a former player take over the program when you leave,” said Ness. “I know Jackie is passionate about Cornell Softball and am confident the program is in good hands. I am excited for Jackie to take the reins.”

The Rams are coming off their second-winningest season in school history, going 28-10 and advancing to the championship game of the Midwest Conference Tournament. They finished second in the MWC regular-season race at 14-4.

“One of my goals is to take the conference title. To experience it here (in 2013), I want to be part of another,” Sernek said. “I enjoyed the unique experience at Cornell with the block plan and not having to sacrifice academics or athletics. I loved the sense of family and community here. It’s pretty cool to be back.”

“We are thrilled to have Jackie return to Cornell to take over our softball program,” Cornell Interim Director of Athletics Jeff Meeker said. “Her knowledge of Cornell and desire to positively shape our student-athletes’ experiences make her a great fit for our department.”

Sernek, a native of Chicago, Ill., spent this past season as pitching coach at NCAA Division I Hampton University. The Pirates won the Northern Division of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) with a 17-1 record. Sernek’s staff featured an all-MEAC pitcher on a team that finished 23-22 overall.  

Prior to landing in Hampton, Va., Sernek was a graduate assistant during the 2016 campaign at Division I Eastern Illinois University. She served as pitching coach there, working with a first team all-Ohio Valley Conference pitcher and helping the Panthers earn the No. 2 seed in the OVC Tournament.

Sernek was an assistant at Lake Land College (Mattoon, Ill.) in 2015. The Lakers finished that season 53-10, rolled through the Great Rivers Athletic Conference at 18-0 and took runner-up at NJCAA regionals. 

Sernek has been head coach of Premier Fastpitch Girls Club Softball, based in Gays, Ill., since August 2014.

Sernek earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell in kinesiology. She added a master’s in kinesiology and sport studies, with an emphasis in sports administration, from Eastern Illinois in May 2016. 

Sernek had an accomplished playing career at Cornell, twice collecting first team all-MWC honors (2013, 2014). She was tabbed 2013 MWC South Division Pitcher of the Year, and also landed on the Pella Regional All-Tournament Team that season.

Sernek was part of history in 2013 when the Rams captured their first MWC Tournament title and received an NCAA berth. Cornell won 92 games during Sernek’s time on the Hilltop. As a senior, she was selected Cornell’s Sportswoman of the Year. 

Sernek holds Cornell pitching records for shutouts in a season (7 in 2013) and career (15). She ranks second on the program’s career list for strikeouts (321) and lowest opponent batting average (.230). Sernek made 73 appearances in the pitching circle, fashioning a 37-13 record and 1.95 ERA in 373.2 innings.

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Paige Telecky
Assistant Coach- 10th Season

Telecky (formerly Stamp), a pitching great at Lisbon High School and an all-American at Coe College, is in her 10th season as pitching coach on Cornell's softball staff.

Telecky was a three-time all-Iowa Conference selection at Coe from 1998-2000 and earned NCAA Division III First Team All-America honors by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association in 2000. She compiled a 57-26 record on the mound at Coe and holds school records for strikeouts in a season (306 in 1999) and strikeouts in a career (718). Telecky ranks third in career pitching wins and was also a .375 career hitter for the Kohawks, fifth on the school's all-time charts.

During her senior season at Coe, Telecky posted a 27-5 mark and a 0.97 earned run average while guiding the Kohawks to a share of the league championship and a berth in the 2000 NCAA Division III Tournament. As a junior, she went 25-9 with a 0.85 ERA.

Telecky played one season at NCAA Division I University of Illinois-Chicago in 1996-97 before transferring to Coe. She received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Coe in 2000.

Telecky was one of the most dominant high school pitchers in Iowa state history, prepping at Lincoln (1992) and Lisbon (1993-96). She was inducted into the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union's Softball Hall of Fame in 2001.

Telecky was a four-time first team all-state (all classes) selection and named Class 1A Player of the Year in 1996, 1995 and 1994. She fashioned a 159-16 high school record and led the Lisbon Lions to three consecutive state championships (1994-96). Telecky still holds single-season state records for ERA (0.04 in 1994) and strikeouts (590 in 1996).

Telecky has four children, Nadia, 14, Vail, 12, Sorell, 8, and Adler, 7.

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Steve Maddocks
Assistant Coach- 2nd Season

Maddocks joined Cornell’s softball coaching staff in 2017.

Maddocks has served as an assistant for Mount Vernon High School’s softball program since 2013. He coached club softball (12U-18U) for eight years. Maddocks has also been involved with high school and club volleyball programs in Mount Vernon.

Maddocks earned a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Iowa in 1991. He received an MBA degree from St. Ambrose University in 1999.

Maddocks and his wife Lisa reside in Mount Vernon. They have two daughters: Courtney, 21, and Alyssa, 19.

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David Johnson
Student Manager- 2nd Season
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James Douglas III
Student Manager- 2nd Season