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.