Head Coach Jan Forsty
Office Phone: 304-829-7271
Jan Forsty will be entering her 29th year leading the Bison softball program in 2015-16.
During Forsty’s 28-year career at Bethany, she has built a record of 632-424-3 (.596) with the softball team, while her overall coaching record is 712-480-3 (.595). Forsty became the 16th coach in NCAA Division III history to post 700 wins when the Bison upended Franciscan on April 19, 2015.
Her players at Bethany have earned All-PAC status 153 times, won PAC Pitcher of the Year Honors 13 times and won 11 PAC Most Valuable Player awards. Forsty’s players have also been named All-Region 37 times, All-ECAC on nine occasions and four have earned All-American recognition four times, including most recently Maria Vallone, who was tabbed Third Team All-American in 2012.
After a two-year hiatus from post-season play, Forsty has led the Bison to back-to-back post-season runs in 2014 and 2015. The Green & White tallied a 27-18 mark in 2015, which included earning the top overall seed in both the Presidents' Athletic Conference Championship tournament, as well as the ECAC DIII South Regional Tournament. Following the year, Forsty was named PAC and ECAC South Coach of the Year. She also five players to All-PAC distinction, including first-team selections Marissa Bosley, Kayla Kelly and Cassie Weiss. Following the year, Kelly was also named a Third-Team All-Region selection by the NFCA and also earned Second-Team All-ECAC South Region honors.
From 2008-11, Bethany returned to the national stage with four consecutive postseason appearances, giving the program 11 all-time bids. In the spring of 2011, the Bison won 14 consecutive conference games to claim the #1 seed for the PAC Tournament. Bethany then swept through to its PAC record 13th league title with victories over Waynesburg (1-0) and Thomas More (2-1, 1-0) to win its first championship since 2008 and clinch the program's sixth trip to NCAA Regionals. The Bison finished the campaign with a 29-16 record, had five players selected for All-PAC accolades and three of those were also named All-Region.
The 2010 campaign was a record-breaking one for Forsty, as the team set a new school-record with 35 victories and finished as the runner-up in the PAC and ECAC South Region Tournaments. During the course of the season, Forsty won her 500th career game at the helm of the Bethany program with a 6-1 game-two win over Allegheny April 1. Then in the regular season finale, Forsty became just the 15th Division III coach ever to claim 600 victories when Bethany beat Washington & Jefferson 7-1 to sweep the conference doubleheader.
The two previous seasons saw the Bison win 24 games both years and earn postseason trips as well. In 2008, Bethany swept through the PAC Tournament to capture its 12th league crown in school history. Returning to NCAA Regionals for the first time in four years, BC claimed wins over Rochester and Ramapo to finish third at the eight-team Ithaca Regional. The following spring in 2009, Bethany finished 24-21, reached the conference tournament championship game and earned an invitation to the ECAC Tournament.
Forsty elevated the Bison softball program to national prominence after leading the squad to its third consecutive and fourth overall trip to the NCAA Championships in 2004. Her top year came in 2002, as Bethany compiled a 32-10 record and earned its second-ever bid to the NCAA Tournament, its first since 1997. The Bison went on to win the Central Region and earned a trip to the NCAA Division III World Series for the first time in program history. Forsty’s squad dropped their first two games at the Series, including a 1-0 loss to eventual national champion Ithaca, but finished the year ranked sixth in the country in the NFCA poll.
Prior to coming to Bethany, Forsty was Director of Athletics and softball coach at Wheeling College. She started the softball program in 1982 and led the Cardinals to an NAIA national tournament berth in 1986 and a 13th place finish nationally.
In addition to softball, Forsty also serves as Bethany’s Associate Director of Athletics and serves as the College's Senior Women's Administrator. She is the director of the department’s Sports Management Program as well.
Forsty graduated from Slippery Rock (Pa.) University in 1975 with a degree in physical education and earned her master’s from SRU in 1989. She was inducted into Slippery Rock's Athletic Hall of Fame in September of 2007.
Assistant Coach Courtney Moyer
Office Phone: 304-829-7153
Assistant coach Courtney Moyer will begin her first season with the Bison softball program for the 2015-16 season. Moyer will head up the coaching duties for the infield and pitching staff.
Moyer comes to Bethany after serving one season as a volunteer assistant coach with Denison University in Granville, Ohio. During one season as an assistant with the Big Red, Moyer helped Denison to a 22-19 record and an appearance in the NCAC Championship Game, where the team fell to NCAA Fifth-Place finisher DePauw University.
Under Moyer’s tutelage, the Big Red ranked third in the NCAC in team batting average (.314), and belted 84 extra-base hits, including 64 doubles. She also helped senior Julie Rooney and freshman Lauren Secaras to First-Team NFCA All-Central Region honors. Rooney hit a league-leading .459 on the year with 62 hits and 44 runs scored, while Secaras ranked second in the NCAC in batting average (.431) and totaled 37 RBI.
Prior to a coaching stop at Denison, Moyer was a four-year letterwinner for Muskingum University. Moyer helped the Fighting Muskies to an Ohio Athletic Conference Championship during the 2013-14 season as she served as team co-captain, despite missing the season to injury
As a sophomore in 2011-12, Moyer tallied a career-high batting average (.345) while collecting 40 hits and driving in 28 RBI. 2012-13 was one of Moyer's best as she tallied a career-high 31 RBI and 18 runs scored. Overall in four seasons, Moyer helped the Muskies to a 92-71 record, three winning seasons and a berth in the NCAA National Championship Tournament in 2014.
Moyer graduated Magna Cum Laude from Muskingum University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Art degree in Business with minors in Economics and Spanish.
A native of Granville, Ohio, Moyer will be enrolled in Bethany’s Master of Art in Teaching program.
Assistant Coach Kristin Prokopakis
Office Phone: 304-829-7089