Amy Reif, the winningest head coach in the history of the softball program at Park University, begins her eighth season as head coach of the Pirates and has accumulated an overall record of 171-133.Reif helped lead four of her players to the 2010 AMC All-Conference team.
Reif led the 2009 softball squad to its first NAIA National Tournament in the history of the program and a 27-13 record, which was the second most wins by a Park team. The Pirates also won the 2009 MCAC Tournament Championship for the first time.
In 2008, Reif was named MCAC Coach of the Year. Park earned its first MCAC regular season championship in program history and came within one game of qualifying for the NAIA National Tournament.
In 2007, Reif’s Pirates concluded the season appearing in postseason action in the MCAC Tournament for the second time in school history. Reif produced eight players who received conference recognition in 2007, including one player that earned First-Team All-MCAC honors, four players earning Second-Team honors, and three players named Honorable Mention. Two players were named NAIA Scholar-Athletes for their work in the classroom.
Reif joined Park after more than seven years of experience as a player and assistant coach at NCAA Division I Auburn University. She served as a full-time assistant coach for the Tigers for three and a half seasons (2000-2004) and one season as a graduate assistant (1999-2000), including the 2002 campaign when she was a member of the NCAA South Region Coaching Staff of the Year.
In 2002, Auburn qualified for the school’s first NCAA Regional with a 37-28 overall record and a 15-15 mark in the Southeastern Conference. During Reif’s tenure at Auburn, the team reached the 30-win plateau on three occasions.
As a player, Reif spent three seasons as an infielder at Auburn for head coach Tina Deese (1996-99). As a junior, she was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll for her efforts in the classroom.
A native of Kansas City, Kansas, she started her playing career at Johnson County Community College in 1994, where she played one season, earning First-Team All-Conference honors.
Reif, who worked at ESPN as a production assistant before coming to Park, received her bachelor’s degree in communications from Auburn in 1998 and obtained her master’s degree in communications in 2000. Amy and her husband, Derek, who played baseball at Auburn from 1997-2000, have two sons, Storm and Cash.