Ferris State Names Janes Softball Coach

BIG RAPIDS – Ferris State announced Thursday the hiring of Kristin Janes as its softball program’s new head coach.

Janes comes to Ferris State after spending the previous five seasons at Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College, where she was instrumental in turning around a program that had gone 0-42 the season prior to her arrival.

“Coach Janes was extremely impressive throughout the entire search and evaluation process,” Ferris State Athletics Director Perk Weisenburger said in a statement. “She is going to be an excellent fit for Ferris State University and our softball program. We had specific qualities that we were looking for in our next head coach and as we got to know Kristin and learned more about her as a person, an educator and as a coach, the more comfortable we became with the fit.”

In five seasons at Fort Scott, Janes coached three Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference All-Conference Award recipients, 17 All-Region Award winners and eight KJCCC Player of the Week honorees.

A former NCAA Division II student-athlete at Gannon (Pa.) University, Janes played as an outfielder and designated player for the Golden Knights, leading the team to a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship and national tournament bid in 2007.  

Janes graduated from Gannon in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in sports and exercise science and later earned a master’s degree in sports administration from Canisius (N.Y.) College.

Ferris State finished 18-23 overall and 11-11 in the GLIAC during the 2017 season.

Janes is set to begin at Ferris State on July 19.