Jackie (Mangola) Price is in her fourth season at the helm of the Ohio Northern softball program. She is just the sixth head coach in the 52-year history of the program.
Price has led Ohio Northern to an 80-43 overall record and an OAC Tournament title in her first three seasons.
During the 2019 campaign, Price guided the Polar Bears to a 23-19 overall record and a second-place finish in the Ohio Athletic Conference with a 14-4 league mark. The program also secured its 14th consecutive OAC upper-division finish and made its second straight appearance in the OAC Tournament championship series.
On May 4, 2019, Price earned her 100th career coaching victory in a 2-1 win over Muskingum in the OAC Tournament. She currently owns 101 career victories after posting 80 wins at Ohio Northern and 21 wins at Hiram.
In 2018, she led Northern to a 32-11 record and a 13-5 OAC record to tie for second place in the conference standings. She also guided the Polar Bears to their first OAC Tournament championship title since 2009 and their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2012.
For her efforts in 2018, Price became the only coach in ONU history to be named both the OAC Player of the Year and OAC Coach of the Year at Ohio Northern. She was named the OAC Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons in 2010 and 2011.
Price returned to her alma mater after a two-year stint as the head softball coach at Hiram. While there, she guided the Terriers to 21 total victories during the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
In addition, Price was an assistant coach at fellow OAC institutions John Carroll and Muskingum following her graduation from ONU in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education.
Price was a two-time All-American, two-time Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Year, a three-time First-Team All-OAC honoree, and Ohio Northern's Clyde Lamb Award recipient during her playing career at ONU.
Price is the program's all-time leader with 45 career home runs, which includes a school-record 21 during her junior year. She also ranks second all-time in RBI (179), third in runs scored (172), and fourth in hits (222), walks (79), and slugging percentage (.735).
Her .392 career batting average stands ninth-best all-time for the Polar Bears.
She is married to David Price and currently resides in Ada.
Softball under Price
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|2018||32-11||.744||13-5 / t2nd|
|2017||25-13||.660||9-9 / 5th|
Erica Bryan is in her first season as assistant softball coach at Ohio Northern.
She has previous coaching stints at Centre (Ky.) in 2017 and with current ONU head coach Jackie Price at Hiram in 2015-16.
Bryan was a four-year starter as a shortstop at Ohio Wesleyan from 2011-14. She finished her career as a .306 hitter with 139 base hits, 85 runs scored and 53 stolen bases in 148 games.
She received her bachelor's degree in sport management from OWU in 2014.
Bryan then earned her master's degree from Hiram in international studies in 2016.
She is a native of Wapakoneta, Ohio, and currently lives in Lima.
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Les Bowman is in his 18th season as an assistant softball coach at Ohio Northern.
Bowman assists with pre-game preparation and pre-game soft toss pitching. He has also served as an equipment guru for the softball program during his coaching career.
Bowman is a long-time youth softball coach in the Findlay area, who has developed several outstanding pitchers over the years.
He currently resides in Findlay.