Hazleton, Pa. - Penn State Hazleton is pleased to announce Jeff Tomb of Williamsport, Pa. as the new Head Coach of Nittany Lion Softball. "We have been very fortunate to find a talented individual like Coach Tomb, " said Director of Athletics Patrice Lombard. "He shares our philosophy of education and providing a top tier experience for the players. We look forward to seeing him install his brand of softball and continue to build on the program's success."
A lifelong amateur baseball and fast-pitch softball player, Jeff Tomb transitioned into the coaching ranks in 2010. He spent four seasons as an assistant at his alma mater, Jersey Shore High School where he helped the team to win three District titles and a pair of 20-win seasons during his tenure.
Jeff would go on to continue his streak of success as an assistant coach with the Wildcats of Penn College in 2014. That season saw Penn College win the Penn State University Athletic Conference championship and would turn out to be the team's final year in the conference before moving to the NCAA Division III level. Even after the transition, Tomb and the Wildcats continued to progress as a program, making it to the post-season in his final three years with the program.
Following his time at Penn College, Coach Tomb moved on to Wilkes University as a hitting coach while defensively working with pitchers, catchers and outfielders. But with the pandemic taking hold of the nation last March and the subsequent cancelation of college sports around the country, Jeff would use that opportunity to seek out his own program to run, ultimately landing at Penn State Hazleton.
"My philosophy is simple," stated Tomb. "Utilize the strengths of the team, build trust and good relationships amongst the players and the coaching staff, play the game with no fear and enjoy the experience of playing the game!"
Coach Tomb will look to build on Hazleton's already successful program focusing on player development and recruiting talented individuals looking for a challenging and rewarding collegiate experience. "Ultimately, we want our players to work hard and get better every day," said Tomb. "I want our student-athletes to do great things in the classroom and on the softball field while creating a family atmosphere that will help them be successful when they graduate."