Get To Know SGSC's Women's Softball Coaches
Jeff Savage served as the head softball coach at NCAA Division I Delaware State University for 13 seasons. Savage posted an overall record of 364-301-1, including a 169-54 mark in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular season games.
He also led the team to four consecutive MEAC North titles from 2001 to '05, and won MEAC North crowns again in 2011 and 2012. Jeff Savage also has a MEAC championship to his list of achievements at Delaware State. Savage led the Hornets to a four game sweep to claim the first MEAC Softball title and NCAA Softball appearance in 2008. For that accomplishment he was named MEAC Coach of the Year.The Hornets were eliminated by The University of Texas 3-2 in the NCAA Softball Regionals. His tenure at DSU was noted by success on the field and in the classroom. Quality wins over Virginia, Pittsburgh, Temple, Georgetown, and Appalachian State were some of the on field highlights. A 10th place finish in team GPA in all of DI softball in 2006 highlights many of his team’s academic successes.
Savage is an experienced clinician, having done lessons, camps, and clinics for over 30 years, in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Maryland and Ohio. In September Savage will be inducted into the Delaware State University Athletic Hall of Fame. Savage joined the DSU staff after serving as head softball coach at Caesar Rodney High School in Camden, Delaware in 1998 and '99.
In addition to his coaching success, Savage made his mark in the state for his work on behalf of such organizations as the Epilepsy Foundation of Delaware and Delaware Special Olympics.
After leaving Delaware State in 2012, Savage spent 2 ½ years as Director of Athletics at Dover High School in Dover, Delaware, before retiring in November of 2014 to move to North Carolina where he spent 1 year as Athletic Director at Wilkes Central High School. Jeff and his wife Cindy have two children Sean and Janice, and 2 grandchildren Colton and Jada.
Janice Savage, a 13-year coaching veteran that served as the head coach at Delaware State University in 2013 and 2014, and Appalachian State University from 2014-2017 has recently been named assistant softball coach at South Georgia State College
Prior to becoming a head coach, Savage spent seven as an assistant coach, including two stints at Delaware State (2006-08, 2011-12) and a year each at Bowling Green (2009) and North Florida (2010). She served as the pitching coach in her first term at Delaware State and at BGSU and UNF before assuming a more comprehensive role as the top assistant when she returned for her second stint at DSU.
As an assistant at Delaware State in 2008, she helped lead the Hornets to the MEAC championship and first-ever NCAA Tournament berth. In the opening round of the Austin Regional, DSU were five outs away from upsetting Texas before dropping a heartbreaking 3-2 decision to the Longhorns.
Savage also starred as a softball student-athlete at Delaware State, where she was a pitcher from 2004-05. Despite playing just the final two seasons of her collegiate career at DSU, she is the school’s all-time leader in career strikeouts (323) and also owns program records for single-season (185) and single-game (17) strikeouts. She was a first-team all-MEAC and all-ECAC honoree, as well as a two-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association academic all-American and two-time MEAC Commissioner’s Award winner.
She began her collegiate career at Appalachian State’s longtime conference rival Georgia Southern, where she earned all-Southern Conference recognition.
Following the end of her collegiate career, Savage played one season professionally for Team Axia of the Italian Women’s Professional Softball League, becoming the first female student-athlete from Delaware State to ever sign a professional sports contract.
She was inducted into the Delaware State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012.
Savage earned two degrees from DSU, a bachelor’s in sports management (2005) and a master’s in sports administration (2009).
She has two children, Jada and Colton.