Delaware State first-year head softball coach Jeff Franquet announced the appointment of Lena Springer as his top assistant in September 2019.
Springer’s coaching experience includes a recent stint as an assistant working with pitchers at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.
She has also served as a private softball pitching and hitting instructor for the CT Diamond Club in East Hartford, Connecticut and Bo Jackson Elite Sports Facility in Hilliard, Ohio.
In addition, Springer brings experience as a softball camp instructor at her alma mater, Ohio State University.
A three-year softball letterwinner at Ohio State, Springer was a standout pitcher for two Buckeye NCAA Tournament teams (2016-17).
She began her collegiate career at the University of Central Florida, where she was a member of the Knights' 2014 American Athletic Conference championship and NCAA Tournament team.
“I am humbled that Lena chose to join the Delaware State University family and our softball program,” said Franquet, who was head softball coach at Central Connecticut University while Springer’s sister Nicole was a player there. “Lena comes to DSU with Big10 pitching and playing experience that has served her well and will be an asset to our program.”
Franquet added, “She brings a great deal of energy, passion and love of the game to the job; and fulfilled my desire to hire a coach with a love of teaching and is a positive influence on our student-athletes.”
Before her college career, Springer was a member of the Puerto Rico Junior National Softball Team that competed in the World Championships in Toronto in 2013.
She received a bachelor’s in Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies from Ohio State in 2017.
A native of New Britain, Conn., she also boasts an extensive volunteer history, including work with Special Olympics, American Cancer Society and Serve Corps.
Her brother George Springer is a three-time all-star and world series champion with the Major League Baseball Houston Astros.
Her parents, George and Laura, are former University of Connecticut athletes. Dad was a football player for the Huskies, while mom was a member of the school's gymnastics team.