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Aimee DeVos has been at the helm of the 49ers softball program since 1995. After serving as interim head coach for a year in 1994, she was appointed head coach the following season and now enters her 21st year in that role. Having devoted over two decades to Charlotte softball, DeVos has played an integral role in the advancement of the program and the development of her players.
Since moving to the Atlantic 10 in 2006, and then moving back into Conference USA in 2014, DeVos and the 49ers have enjoyed great success, compiling a .611 conference win percentage with a 96-61 record. During that time, 27 Charlotte players have garnered all-Atlantic 10 honors, while 13 have been selected all-state and eight have earned all-region recognition. DeVos has helped the squad go nearly 80 games over .500 at 234-158 in that span, recording Charlotte's largest, third-largest and fourth-largest win totals.
Personally, DeVos has reached several career milestones while at Charlotte, most recently earning her 500th career win on March 8, 2014 as the Niners topped FIU 2-0 on the road. DeVos earned her 400th career win in a 4-2 topping of Elon on April 22, 2010. She is the first 49er head coach to surpass the 200, 300, 400 and 500 career-win marks.
Entering the 2015 season, Devos sits with 511 career wins while at Charlotte, the most in program history. Off the field, DeVos boasts another impressive statistic: since taking over as head coach, 100 percent of her players have graduated.
In 2011, Charlotte completed its sixth consecutive 30-win season, going 30-24 overall with a 10-6 conference mark. Tenaya Tucker led the team offensively, cementing her spot in the school record books in multiple categories. She became the single-season record holder in home runs (12), as well as second all-time in RBIs in a season (47) and third in season batting average (.388) and hits (66). Current Niner Bri Gwaltney moved to third all-time in single-season home runs (10). Five Charlotte players earned a spot on the all-conference team, including Tucker and Gwaltney, who made the first team. Tucker and Whitney Williams earned Academic All-Conference honors, and both were also named NFCA All-Mid-Atlantic Region, as was Gwaltney.
In 2010, Charlotte reached 40 games in the win column for the third time in program history. The 49ers went 40-18 overall and posted a 15-5 mark in A-10 action. Emily Jeffrey shattered her season strikeout record with 342 and pushed her career strikeout standard to 782 whiffs. Whitney Williams stole 40 bases, breaking the single-season school record, and Serena Smith set the 49er record in career RBIs, finishing with 126. Keri Palma earned first-team All-Atlantic 10 honors, while Smith and Jeffrey both made the second team. Smith and Jeffrey also were named All-Region, while Gwaltney tallied conference all-freshman accolades. Smith and Williams garnered Academic All-Atlantic 10 honors on the season as well.
During the 2009 season, Charlotte posted a 33-16 record with a 14-4 mark in Atlantic 10 play. The Niners' conference record earned them the Atlantic 10 runner-up title, short of the conference crown by only two games. The season saw several program records fall with Emily Jeffery fanning 294 batters on her way to a 23-win season, the third highest total in Niner history. On the offensive end, Sarah Malene moved into first all-time with 150 career runs scored and Cee Brooks drove in 113 runs, second-most in school history. Malene, Jeffery and Smith claimed first team all-conference.
In 2008, DeVos put together a 35-win season, the fourth-highest win total in program history, which included a trip to the A-10 Championship, hosted at Charlotte's own D.L. Phillips Sports Complex where the Niners took on No. 20 Massachusetts. That season, the 49ers claimed a home victory over rival and then-No. 15 North Carolina. All-conference selection Sarah Malene shattered her 2006 single-season record with 46 runs scored, while Serena Smith re-wrote the record books with 71 hits. Four 49ers were named to the all-tourney team, while Malene and Whitney Williams earned all-conference nods.
DeVos recorded her most successful season in 2006, leading the 49ers to numerous school records, including the most wins in a season (42), as well as the program's first-ever conference championship when Charlotte went 17-3 in their first season in the A-10, capturing the regular season title. In addition to setting the single-season records for hits, batting average, homers and RBIs, her 2006 team included a record six all-conference selections, including four first-team honorees. Three of those players repeated in 2007 to claim conference nods.
A four-year letterwinner at Drake, the Yorkville, Ill., native boasts a healthy softball resume from a successful program. DeVos graduated from Drake in 1993 with a degree in business marketing. She was a 1993 All-Missouri Valley Conference player after leading the Bulldogs to the MVC regular season and tournament championships and a spot in the 1993 National Invitational Championship. A shortstop and outfielder, DeVos still ranks among Drake's all-time leaders in home runs.
In addition to her head coaching duties, DeVos conducts several summer and winter softball camps and clinics. In the summer of 2004, she coached a select group of players to play for the U.S. Olympic team in Charlotte. DeVos is also a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and a member of the NFCA Head Coaches Committee.
DeVos and her husband, Dan, have two sons, Nolan and JJ. Her husband is the Director of the Annual Fund for the Charlotte 49ers Athletic Foundation.
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