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Softball Coaching Staff

Published or Revised May 02, 2019

Head Coach April Lane Hartmann

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April Lane Hartmann

April V. Lane Hartmann begins her second year as Paris Junior College’s head softball coach, and her ninth 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. 

Assistant Coach Kristen Doty

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Kristen Doty

Kristen Doty joined the PJC softball team in the spring 2019 season, coming from Missouri State University, where she was serving as a volunteer assistant coach.

Prior to the three seasons spent at Missouri State, Doty was a coaching intern for coach Daren Hays at Lubbock Christian University, a Division II institution. While there, she assisted the coaching staff in all aspects of practice and was responsible for working with the Lady Chaps outfielders. She was also a collegiate golfer, playing a year at Lubbock Christian and two years at Central Baptist University.

The National Fast Pitch Coaches Association certified coach has led a number of age-group teams, including a 16U travel squad in Lubbock, Texas that advanced to United States Specialty Sports Association nationals, and an 8U team in Izard County, Ark.

Doty is also a personal softball instructor, providing private lessons for ages 6-18 and working with players on hitting, bunting and fielding fundamentals, as well as advanced techniques.

The native of Horseshoe Bend, Ark. was a standout prep player at Izard County High School, where she earned all-district, all-conference all-region and all-state honors for coach Matt Orf. She had the highest batting average on her prep club all four years and led her team to four district and conference titles. She also claimed all-state tournament laurels and competed for the elite Gold level of travel ball, earning MVP honors at a number of tournaments. After suffering an elbow injury in high school, she decided against a collegiate softball career. Doty earned her B.S. from Lubbock Christian University in 2016.

Jack Butler

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Jack Butler

Jack Butler (Mr. Jack) returns to PJC for his 14th year assisting with the Lady Dragons. He works with the infield and oversees 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.

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