Head Coach, Softball
Dept: Athletics: Softball
Year appointed: 1987
For nearly three decades, there has been one consistent face within the Marietta College Athletics Department. That person is Head Softball Coach Jeanne Arbuckle. Arbuckle, who has been at the helm for 28 seasons, owns a career record of 520-466-3 (.527). With no signs of slowing down she continues to be the driving force behind the success of Pioneer Softball as it enters the 2015-16 season.
During her tenure at Marietta, Arbuckle has had the privilege of coaching 35 All-Region players and 69 All-Ohio Athletic Conference players. In addition to her duties as softball coach, Arbuckle serves as an Associate Athletics Director and is chairperson of the Physical Education Department.
Arbuckle picked up her milestone 500th career victory in 2014 with a win over conference rival Muskingum. She is among the winningest active coaches in NCAA Division III. Earlier in her career in 2007 she helped lead the squad, which was ranked as high as No. 14 nationally, into the team's second NCAA Tournament appearance in school history, a second place finish in the OAC Tournament and an overall record of 34-12. In 2006, Arbuckle guided her squad, to a 33-11 record and a runners-up finish at the 2006 OAC Tournament. Her staff earned the OAC Staff of the Year award at the end of the 2006 season.
In 1996, Arbuckle's squad won the OAC Championship and went on to the NCAA Tournament, the first time a women's team reached the NCAA regional in Marietta College history. Arbuckle was named the NCAA Regional Coach of the Year in 1996 and OAC Coach of the Year in 1995 and 1996.
Arbuckle has been active as a camp clinician and coach. She serves as the director of the Pioneers Fastpitch Camps and has done clinics and camps throughout Ohio and West Virginia. She is also an active member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. In addition, Arbuckle has also spent time as a member of the NCAA Central Regional Advisory Committee. Arbuckle earned her bachelor's degree in Health and Physical Education from Slippery Rock (Pa.) and served as a graduate assistant at Ithaca (N.Y.) College before joining the staff at Marietta. She taught elementary physical education for six years, during which time she coached basketball, softball and volleyball at the high school level. She joined the coaching ranks at Marietta in the fall of 1987 when she was hired as the head coach of both the volleyball and softball programs.