Jeff McNelis
Jeff McNelis
Title: Assistant Coach, Softball

Jeff McNelis is the assistant/hitting coach for Penn State Altoona softball, and he is entering his eighth year with the program in 2017. He started his career in baseball and softball at the age of eight and has remained involved in these sports for the past 60 years.

During McNelis' time with Penn State Altoona softball, the team has compiled an overall record of 191-91 with a .677 winning percentage and a .326 combined team batting average during that span. Highlights of his tenure with the program have included assisting the Lady Lions' two Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championships (2013 and 2014), as well as serving as the program's head coach for its 2015 Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III South Region championship. As McNelis has said, “I’ve found coaching at the college level to be challenging, but very satisfying and rewarding.”

Coaching at Penn State Altoona is a coming home of sorts for McNelis. As a student at Penn State Altoona for one year, he was a pitcher for the baseball team. McNelis graduated from Penn State University Park three years later with a degree in Forest Science.

McNelis turned from playing to coaching when his oldest son began playing baseball, and he made the switch to softball when his daughter Hilary began playing softball in seventh grade for Tyrone High School. Hilary went on to play softball for four years at Saint Francis University.

McNelis is also a coach, on a volunteer basis, at all levels at Tyrone High School.