Camp Director - Judy O'Connell
Judy Lawes enters her 27th season as head softball coach at Kutztown University in 2014.
Lawes has had a winning record in each of her 26 seasons at KU and holds an overall record of 811-435-2 (.651), which ranks among the top 25 active Division II coaches in terms of winning percentage.
In 2013, Kutztown won its first-ever PSAC Championship and its second consecutive Atlantic Region Championship. It carried a 14-game winning streak and a perfect 12-0 mark in the postseason to the national championship game. It was the first time KU softball competed in the national title game. Lawes won her 800th career game on May 1, 2013 in the opening game of the PSAC Championship Tournament. As of the 2013 season, Lawes is the 19th NCAA Division II coach to reach the 800-win mark. Among active coaches, Lawes is one of 11 to have reached the 800-win plateau.
In 2012, Lawes led the Golden Bears to their 10th straight appearance in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Championship and reached the NCAA Championships for the first-time in KU history. She has now led the Golden Bears to six consecutive 40-win seasons, setting a program record in the 2012 season with 52 wins, and a 33-game winning streak. The Golden Bears were ranked second in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) top 25 poll, the highest mark in school history, before finishing the season being ranked third in the final NFCA poll. KU won both the Atlantic Regional and Atlantic Super Regional. At the NCAA Championships, they advanced all the way to the national semifinals, before falling to the eventual national champions. Coach Lawes and her staff were awarded the Atlantic Region Coaching Staff of the Year by the NFCA. The Golden Bears completed their 2012 season with a 52-7 overall record that included a 19-1 mark in conference action. Kutztown finished first in the PSAC East conference and also captured the Atlantic Region 1 and Atlantic Super Regional titles. Lawes was named the 2012 PSAC East Coach of the Year, the sixth time in her career she has been awarded that title (1989, 1994, 2000, 2007, 2009, and 2012). Lawes also notched her 750th career win on March 17, 2012 in a 7-0 victory over University of the Sciences. She is one of 26 NCAA Division II Coaches to reach 700 victories. Lawes has led the Golden Bears to all 16 of their appearances in the NCAA Division II Tournament. She guided them to three-straight appearances in 1994-96 and then every year from 2000-12. Lawes has also directed KU to 15 PSAC playoff appearances. Many honors have been bestowed upon Coach Judy Lawes for her coaching accomplishments. In addition to her PSAC East and NFCA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year awards, Lawes also garnered the Dr. Dorothy Moyer Award in 1994, 1995, 2000, 2007, 2009 and 2012. This award is presented to the KU Coach of the Year for women’s athletics. Other accomplishments include setting the school record for overall wins in 2012 and wins in the Eastern Division (22) in 2007. Additionally, her team won a share of the PSAC East title in 1994, 2010 and won the division title outright in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2012.
DON JUSTUS - ASSISTANT COACH
KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY SOFTBALL
Don Justus returns for his fifth year as assistant coach for the Kutztown University softball team in 2014.
Among some of his duties are to oversee development of pitchers and outfielders, recruit, coordinate camps and clinics, develop fund raising strategies, assist with team scheduling and traveling arrangements. Justus also serves as the team's academic coordinator and the SAAC Advisor for Kutztown Athletics.
Justus earned a bachelor's degree in Business Sports Management at Columbia Southern University A native of Branford, Conn., Justus comes to Kutztown from Iona College where he served as assistant softball coach from 2007-09. At Iona, Justus oversaw a pitching staff that featured MAAC rookie of the year Sarah Jackson, who compiled a 1.62 earned run average. He served as assistant coach for Kutztown in the 2004 & 2005 seasons.
Justus is a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association as a Three Star Master Coach, Connecticut High School Coaches Association and the PONY Softball National Tournament Staff. He has been involved in some aspect of coaching for over 10 years. Justus and his wife Jodie own and operate The Cage Softball Camps and Clinics business.