With the spring sports season beginning soon, Mercy McAuley is pleased to welcome its new varsity softball coaches. Donald “Donny” Amrein will serve as the head varsity softball coach, and Josie Ogilbee will serve as assistant varsity coach. Joining them on the coaching staff will be returning coach Amy Feie.
Donny Amrein has spent the past 12 years teaching at the Red’s Youth Academy. He also spent four years as head softball coach at St. Ursula Academy, five years as assistant softball coach at Western Hills High School, and several years as a high level travel softball coach. He has also served as a clinician at numerous national softball camps in Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida. In addition, Amrein has been a pitching instructor for many years; two of his pitching students have won national championships. He had a career as a supervisor at the Hamilton County Juvenile Court as well as a career in drug testing for the NFL and NCAA. Amrein earned a bachelor of arts degree in economics from the University of Cincinnati, is an Army veteran, and has two adult children, both of whom played Division II softball.
Josie Ogilbee has been coaching softball at the high school level for the past five years. She previously served as head JV/assistant varsity softball coach at Williamsburg High School and assistant varsity softball coach at Clinton Massie High School. She has also served as a hitting coach for young softball athletes since 2016. Ogilbee played softball at the college level at Bluffton University, where she received the honor of All-Conference player all four years, was selected to the NFCA All-Region team for three seasons and broke nine hitting records. She earned a bachelor's degree in sport management with a minor in coaching from Bluffton.
“Coach Amrein and Coach Ogilbee bring a wealth of softball knowledge and passion to Mercy McAuley,” said Kate Hoelmer, Athletic Director, Mercy McAuley. “I am excited to see how Donny, Josie, and returning coach Amy will take our softball program to even greater heights through their leadership, expertise and passion for the sport.”