SMARTER STUDENTS ✦ STRONGER ATHLETES ✦ BETTER PEOPLE
Julie Pratt | Associate Head Coach
Julie Pratt is in her 11th season on the coaching staff at her alma mater. She was named an assistant coach at Akron in July 2006 and promoted to associate head coach in July 2007. Pratt is a steadfast part of the Zips' success on and off the field.
Prior to coming to Akron, Pratt spent one season as an assistant coach with head coach Julie Jones at Cleveland State. During that time she worked primarily with the hitters and outfielders and aided in the Vikings' recruiting efforts.
"Julie knows how to analyze the game as well as anyone," Jones said. "She has great insight into the intricacies of our sport and has an outstanding rapport with the players which helps her share her knowledge with the team. I cannot put a value on the things she brings to our program."
Pratt previously spent seven seasons at IUPUI, the last six as head coach. During her tenure in Indianapolis, she amassed a 101-191 (.346) career record and was one of two coaches in school history to accumulate at least 100 wins. In 2005, she coached IUPUI to a 20-25 overall record and 10-10 mark in league play, earning Coach of the Year honors.
She mentored 13 all-conference players and 14 Academic All-Mid-Con student-athletes as head coach. Three players were named Mid-Con Newcomer of the Year and three earned all-region status under her tutelage.
Pratt also served as an assistant coach at Wright State from 1996-98. While there, she helped the Raiders to a then school-record 29 wins in 1997 in addition to heading up the Student-Athlete Resource Center.
A 1996 graduate of Akron with a degree in sociology and corrections, Pratt was a four-year letterwinner for the Zips at catcher and designated player, playing under her maiden name of Julie Bias. A 1994 All-Mid-American Conference selection, she ranks eighth on the career home runs list (22) and eighth on the RBI tally with 104. She still shares the single-season record for doubles with 17, is fourth in single season RBI (46) and 10th in single season home runs (9). In 2013, Pratt was inducted into the Varsity "A" Hall of Fame for her accomplishments during her time as a student-athlete.
Pratt and her husband Chris have three children, Hunter, Savannah, and Parker. Part of Project Ed Bear, Pratt helps raise significant money each year for local children with cancer.
Scott Scalf | Assistant to the Head Coach
Scott Scalf is in his fifth season on the Akron softball staff as a volunteer assistant coach after spending 14 years coaching locally at the high school level at Archbishop Hoban High School and Crestwood High School.
Scalf, a veteran of the United States Air Force, has coached youth softball for 25 years. He has mentored more than 10 student-athletes that have gone on to play Division I collegiate softball. Specializing in outfield, base running and short-game offense, Scalf has also coached several competitive travel teams.
Scalf holds certifications from the Positive Coaching Association, American Coaching Academy and the University of Notre Dame “Play Like a Champion Today” coaches program. He was employed at Americhem Inc. in Cuyahoga Falls for 21 years, and holds a business management technology certificate from the University of Akron, where he is currently pursuing a degree in social services.
Stephanie Etter | Assistant Coach
Stephanie Etter has been named an assistant coach for The University of Akron softball team, head coach Julie Jones announced Wednesday.
Etter joined the Akron softball staff in 2015 as a graduate assistant. In her new role as an assistant coach, Etter will assist in improving the team’s offensive production and will work with the outfielders on a day-to-day basis.
“Stephanie has been an integral part of our program over the past two years, and the work she did as a GA earned her a full-time position on our staff,” said Jones. “Stephanie is organized and resourceful and we are looking forward to seeing how her new position helps us move forward with new ideas and energy. Most importantly, she is a great role model for our kids and is very excited to help them in our mission to build Smarter Students, Stronger Athletes and Better People.”
Etter is a former softball player at Morehead State where she was a four-time letterwinner playing in 206 games at second base for the Eagles. In her career she ranks fourth in games played (206), fifth in at bats (619), second in hit by pitch (40) and fifth in sacrifices (29).
As a graduate assistant, Etter was in charge of running the in-game video program, supervising team managers, arranging team meals and practice facilities during travel and assisting with practice set-up and timing. She also assisted in coordinating the team’s community service projects and helps to manage daily practices.
A native of North Lawrence, Ohio, Etter received her bachelor's degree from Morehead State University in 2014. Following her graduate assistantship, Etter earned a master's in education with a concentration in sports science and coaching from The University of Akron.
Ronnie Ladines | Graduate Assistant
Ronnie Ladines was named a graduate assistant on the Akron softball staff prior to the 2018 season.
Ladines, a recent graduate of Kent State was a two-time All-MAC First Team honoree (2016-17), an eight-time MAC East Pitcher of the week, named to the 2016 NFCA All-Mideast Region Second Team and 2017 NFCA All-Mideast Region First Team, and the 2017 MAC Tournament MVP with the Kent State softball team.
As the ace of the Golden Flashes pitching staff, Ladines holds seven top ten career records inside the program’s all-time lists, along with six records insde the top-ten single-season all-time records. In her career, she tossed 768.0 innings, tallied a 2.23 earned run average, while going 62-37 and striking out 622 batters.
Ladines’ responsibilities with the team include running the in-game video program, supervising team managers, arranging team meals and practice facilities during travel and assisting with practice set-up and timing. She also assists in coordinating the team’s community service projects and helps to manage daily practices.
A native of Arlington, Wash., Ladines graduated from Kent State in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in pre-physical therapy.