As we’ve documented over the last several months, it’s been a very busy time for college coaching changes and it’s certainly impacted recruiting.
We’ve seen players who, once a new coaching staff was brought in, lost their pre-existing offer; others who followed the head coaches they committed to originally to the coaches’ new schools and other prospective student-athletes who had to wait to see if their offer from the previous staff would be honored by the new staff.
That was the case for today’s spotlight athlete, talented junior pitcher Janelle Marwitz, who originally committed to Lamar University under Head Coach Holly Bruder, who was terminated in May.
Amy Hooks, a former player at the University of Texas and an assistant at Northwestern State, was hired to take over for the Southland Conference school based in Beaumont, Texas and Janelle had to wait to see if she would be in the new coaching staff’s plans.
Here’s a closer look at the junior standout and her journey to see if see if her commitment to the Lamar Cardinals would stand up after a coaching change!
NAME: JANELLE MARWITZ
Club Team: Oklahoma Athletics Platinum - Madden 18U
High School: Westmoore (Moore, Oklahoma)
Grad Year: 2020
College: Lamar University (Beaumont, Texas)
High School Fact: Janelle led the Westmoore Jaguars to the 2018 Oklahoma 6A State Championship
Pitching Record: 13 Wins, 1 Lose
ERA: 1.69 WHIP: 1.23 SO: 87
Travel Team Facts: Janelle travel ball team, the Oklahoma Athletics Premier Madden 16U, competed in the Top Gun, Colorado IDT and the PGF Premier Championships.
Pitching: 14 Wins, 3 Losses
Strike Outs: 107
Family Ties: Janelle’s older sister Jennifer is a senior playing for the University of Kansas Jayhawks softball squad in the Big‐12 Conference.
Scott Marwitz, Janelle’s father, says, “The release of the old coaches at Lamar really took Janelle hard. Janelle built a strong relationship with Lamar’s pitching coach Coach Demi Laney who became the Interim Head Coach. Under the new NCAA rule, coaches were not allowed to discuss recruiting with players until September 1st of their Junior year.”