Published or Revised August 26, 2016
April Lane Hartman
April V. Lane Hartmann begins her first year as Paris Junior College’s head softball coach, and her eighth year of coaching. She is also an instructor in the Kinesiology department.
While working on her Ph.D in Exercise Physiology, she served as an assistant coach at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and at Murray State College in Tishomingo, Okla., where she helped coach the team to a NJCAA Division II Region 2 championship title.
Prior to that she was at Texas Woman’s University where she coached softball and taught upper level classmates while continuing her education.
Lane became head basketball coach and physical education instructor at New Springs Middle School in Tampa, Fla., in 2010. In 2009, she attended Sul Ross States University in Alpine, Texas, working closely with pitchers and conditioning as well as earning her M.Ed. in Kinesiology.
She received her B.S. in physics from the University of South Florida while volunteering as a softball coach at Gibbs High School and later became their head varsity volleyball coach. Lane began her playing career pitching for St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, Fla., where she earned her Associate of Arts degree.
She is married to Sean M. Lane Hartmann; they are parents to William and Emily and reside in Honey Grove, Texas.
Chelsea Jordan begins her first year as assistant softball coach, through she is no stranger to PJC, having played third base as a Lady Dragon from 2012 to 2014 and was part of the team that went to the NJCAA National Tournament in 2013.
She comes to PJC after graduating from Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Ark., where she played third base from 2014-2016. While she was there the team appeared in the NCAA Division II World Series, finishing fourth. They also won first place at super-regionals and regionals and won first place in the Great American Conference Tournament.
Jordan obtained her bachelor’s degree in general studies from SAU and her Associate of Science degree from PJC. She is a graduate of North Lamar High School in Paris, where she played four years of varsity softball. While she was a sophomore in 2010 they won a state championship and the team won district each of her four years as a player.
Jack Butler (Mr. Jack) returns to PJC for his 13th year assisting with the Lady Dragons after a two-year absence. He will work with the infield and oversee field maintenance.
He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, where he played softball.
While in the military, he coached baseball with the 1st Infantry Division of the United States Army.