Jodi Chmielewski begins second year as assistant coach for the Blue Raider softball team.
Chmielewski brings an overabundance of knowledge to Middle Tennessee from her extensive coaching and professional playing career in America and in overseas leagues.
Chmielewski spent the last year as the first American in South Africa to play professional softball. She was also the first female coach of the Men's Western Province fastpitch team of Cape Town, South Africa. She led the Men's team to a bronze medal in the South African Province tournament in Durban, South Africa as well as organized and implemented fundraising for the team. She also mentored the South African softball women's national coaching staff and currently works with youth programs in Cape Town during her free time.
Prior to her stint in South Africa, Chmielewski spent a year in Haarlem, Netherlands as the head coach of the Terrasvogels Softball Club Second Team and played professionally for the First team. As an athlete she earned Batting Champion of the Netherlands and won the 2003 Europe Cup Championship in Valencia, Spain.
Chmielewski spent two seasons, 2001-02, as the head varsity coach at Coconino High School in Flagstaff, Arizona where she led the team to its first winning season in seven years and the first state tournament berth in 12 years. While in Flagstaff, Chmielewski was a radio morning show host on Kolt Country 107.5 and promotions director for Red Rock Communications.
Graduating in 2000 from Oregon State University with a degree in Environmental Science, Chmielewski was a four-year letterwinner for the Beavers softball team from 1996-1999. She was named Pac-10 All-Conference three times, named All-Region once while earning PAC-10 player of the week honors twice. Her senior year was Oregon State's first appearance in the NCAA Regional Tournament Championship game and the Lady Beavers ranked 10th in the final NFCA/USA Today Top 25 poll for Oregon State's highest season-ending ranking. Chmielewski still holds the school records for single-season hits, doubles, career hits, singles, and at-bats.
Before graduating at Oregon State, Chmielewski was drafted as a third round draft pick for the Tampa Bay Firestix in the Women's Professional Softball League. Chmielewski played professional softball two seasons, 1999-2000, with the Tampa Bay Firestix earning a World Series Championship in 1999.
Chmielewski is the recruiting coordinator for the Middle Tennessee program. Her main responsibilities with this years team will be instructing the outfielders, corners and hitting aspects of the game.
Chmielewski is a native of San Pedro, California and was born on October 28, 1977. Chmielewski is grateful for what softball has given her and continues to use softball as a tool to develop self-esteem and life skills to youth while traveling around the world.