Women-In-Sports Wednesday: Decorated Colonial Crosses Delaware for New Opportunity

Jaci Tinko (above), the 2012 NEC Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, has landed a Division I head coaching gig.

Jaci Tinko (above), the 2012 NEC Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, has landed a Division I head coaching gig.

Don Harnum became known in Northeast Conference circles more than two decades ago for his role as a men’s basketball assistant coach.

Now an athletic director at Rider University in New Jersey, it appears that Harnum has just hit a home run.

Earlier this month, Harnum announced the hiring of Jaclyn Timko as the University’s new softball head coach.

In Timko, Rider welcomes a leader who embodied the true meaning of student-athlete during her days as an outfielder for NEC member Robert Morris.

The three-time all-NEC outfielder set the RMU career records for batting average (.359) and runs scored (130). She is one of only two Colonials ever to accumulate at least 200 hits during her collegiate playing days.

Timko’s accomplishments go far beyond on-field performance. In 2012, her combination of athletic and academic prowess landed her the NEC Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. Timko majored in Applied Psychology and graduated RMU with a 3.69 grade point average.

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