2013 Softball
Record: 23-16 Home: 5-7 Away: 9-2 Neutral: 9-7 MWC: 9-6
2013 Softball Coaches
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Shanda Ness
Head Coach- 7th Season
Ness is Cornell's all-time leader for softball coaching wins with a 111-108-1 career mark in six seasons on the Hilltop.
 
Ness has taken the Rams to new heights, orchestrating the program's first back-to-back 20-win seasons in school history the past two years. She guided a young 2012 squad to a 20-18 finish, seven of the losses coming against nationally-ranked foes.

In 2011, the 25-14 Rams shattered the school record for wins and finished a school-best fifth place in a competitive Iowa Conference regular-season race. Cornell claimed its first-ever IIAC Tournament win, cracked the NCAA Division III region rankings for the first time and landed its first softball All-American in Carly Goolsby.
 
Ness' squads have reached the 18-win mark in each of the past five seasons. She has fielded eight all-conference and five all-region selections since 2008. 

Ness piloted the 2010 club to an 18-19-1 overall mark. The 2009 team had a program-best three all-IIAC performers and finished 19-20, which at the time was a new school standard for wins.  

Ness led the Rams to a breakout 2008 season, which culminated with the program's first appearance in the IIAC Tournament. That squad finished 18-17 and secured Cornell's first winning season in 15 years, nearly reversing its 11-20 mark in Ness' first season in 2007.

Prior to landing at Cornell, Ness compiled 164 wins in eight seasons at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. After going 9-20 in her initial season, Ness turned around a program that would post five consecutive 20-win seasons and one conference championship. Ness was named Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2003.

Ness earned a bachelor of science degree in health, physical education and recreation from Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D., in 1993. She received a master of arts degree in teaching from Northern State in 1994. From 1994-97, Ness coached and taught at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D., where she started the softball program.

From 1997-2005, Ness coached and taught at Gustavus Adolphus. Ness was Assistant Athletic Director at Camp Laurel in Readfield, Maine, during the summer of 2005 before taking the job as Recreation Coordinator for the city of Waterville (Maine) in August 2005.

Ness was an assistant volleyball coach at Cornell for two years and held similar positions at Dakota Wesleyan and Gustavus Adolphus. Ness has 10 years of experience as an instructor for physical education and health science courses.

Ness was voted Cornell's Female Coach of the Year for the 2007-08 season. She is in her second year as assistant athletic director at Cornell. Ness has served as senior women's administrator for six years.  
 
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Paige Telecky
Assistant Coach- 5th Season
Telecky (formerly Stamp), a pitching great at Lisbon High School and an All-American at Coe College, is in her fifth 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 and her husband, Kyle, reside in Mount Vernon with their four children, Nadia, 9, Vail, 7, Sorell, 3, and Adler, 2. 
 
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Jill Hopper
Assistant Coach- 6th Season

Hopper, a 2007 Cornell graduate and multi-sport athlete for the Rams, is in her sixth season on the softball coaching staff.

Hopper, a native of Springfield, Ill., earned four varsity letters each in softball and volleyball, and lettered one year in basketball. She was named Cornell's Female Athlete of the Year in 2007. Hopper earned a degree in geology and environmental science in spring 2007.

Hopper has served as Assistant Director of Residence Life/Coordinator of First-year Programs at Cornell since July 2008. She held previous positions at Cornell as assistant volleyball coach, lab instructor in the geology department and coordinator of the Brackett House.

 
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Morgan Hoffman
Student Manager- 1st Season