Inducted as a player into the Shawnee State Athletics Hall of Fame in its inaugural year, Amy McGuire enters her fourth season as assistant softball coach in 2014. During her playing career, she had a career batting average of .333, a .924 fielding percentage and 121 career assists at shortstop. She also led the Bears to their first NAIA National Tournament appearance. She was a four time All-MOC and four-time All-District Player.
McGuire is married and the mother of three boys. Her goal as a coach is to help get Shawnee State back to the nationals and win a National Championship alongside her father, and current head softball coach, Ralph Cole.
Katie Daniel graduated in 2006 from Fairview High School and was valedictorian of her class. She earned six Kentucky High School State Softball records for pitching, including 1,060 career strikeouts. She was 16th Region Pitcher of the Year for three consecutive years, and was selected for the 16th Region All-Area Softball Team all four years she played. From 2007-2010, she attended Shawnee State University. While attending SSU, she was an NAIA Scholar Athlete two years. She was an American Mideast Conference Scholar-Athlete, and a first-team All-AMC selection. Daniel contributed to the SSU Lady Bears Softball 2010 Conference Champions title with a 1.15 ERA in the AMC and a 1.66 ERA overall in her senior season. She now teaches math at East Carter High School and has served as pitching coach for the SSU Softball team since 2010.
Victoria Book graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1989. She played softball in Portsmouth Little League, Senior League and Women’s Fast Pitch softball as a third baseman and catcher. For one year, she played under former SSU head coach Ralph Cole in the Senior League.
Book is also a third degree black belt in karate and has a sensei title. She was a member of the United States Karate Team from 1985–1994 and traveled to numerous countries such as Japan, Costa Rica and Mexico. In 1989, she went to Fukuoka, Japan and won the Gold medal in Kumite and the Silver medal in Kata for the United States Team. In Mexico City at the Olympic Festivals, she brought home the Gold medal in Kumite and the Silver medal in Kata for the United States Team. In Costa Rica in 1992 at the Pan-American Games, she won the gold medal in Kumite again for the United States. Throughout her Karate career, she held first and second place seat in Kumite at the United States Nationals.
Book currently attends Shawnee State University and is finishing her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science. This is her second year coaching with the Shawnee State softball team and it has been a dream of hers to coach at the college level.
Book has a 17-year-old daughter, Emmy, whom she resides with in Portsmouth, Ohio.
Wayne Speas began his involvement with Shawnee State Softball in 2007. His daughter, Ashley, began her four-year career with the Bears that season. Speas began as a volunteer maintaining the softball field. Once his daughter finished her playing career, he became more involved in the coaching aspect of the program by assisting with the outfield and hitting and has never looked back. He has six children. Speas and his wife, Betty, reside in West Portsmouth.
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