Athletic department adds staff

Athletic department adds staff

NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – Manchester University Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Brian Cashdollar, head women's soccer coach Christine Johnson and head softball coach Josh Dzurick announced coaching staff hires Thursday, Aug. 16.

Cashdollar announced Dakota Steele as assistant track and field coach in charge of throwing events. Johnson named Jenny Pudlo as an assistant coach, and Dzurick announced Leah DiCristofaro has joined the softball staff.

Steele, earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Manchester University in May 2018, was a former captain and student-athlete of the Spartans' throws group.

He registered a combined four top 20 efforts at indoor and outdoor Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference meets. Steele also played a crucial role in teaching different techniques to new student-athletes during his collegiate career.

DiCristofaro was previously an assistant coach at Indiana Tech from July 2014-2016 as well as serving as a volunteer assistant at Purdue University – Fort Wayne from August 2017-April 2018. Before accepting her duties at Manchester University, she was an instructor and coach for Fort Wayne's Diamond Academy softball travel program from August 2017-18.

She's also had success on the playing field, ranking in the career top 10 of home runs, on base percentage and slugging percentage among other categories at NCAA Division I Oakland University. DiCristofaro earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in General Studies from Oakland University in May 2012 and a Masters of Business Administration from Indiana Tech in July 2016.

Pudlo, who earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology-Chemistry from Manchester University in May 2018, was a combined three-time Tom Bohlsen all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference academic selection in women's soccer and track and field.

She complied four seasons with the Black and Gold women's soccer program, appearing in 64 matches as a starter in the midfield section. Pudlo was named Manchester University's athletic department's Sportswoman of the Year in May 2018 and garnered the women's soccer conference Sportsmanship accolade following her senior season.