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.
Julie Boyes | Assistant Coach
Julie Boyes joins the Zips for her first year as an assistant coach for the Akron softball program.
Prior to joining the Akron coach staff, Boyes was the head coach at Lake High School for six seasons. Finished the 2012 season with the most wins since 2005. She was named the Federal League Coach of the Year in 2011.
Since 2007, Boyes has been a private pitching instructor for athletes ages 10-21. She focuses on pitching fundamentals, movement, location, speed, endurance and mentality.
A 2009 graduate of the University of Akron, she majored in secondary Education. She was a four-time varsity letterwinner, named to the second team All-MAC and All-Freshman team in 2006, and earned the coaches award in 2007 and 2009.
Boyes is tied for tenth in program history with nine home runs in a season (2009), tied for tenth in RBI in a season (2008) with 41, tied for fourth in most walks in a season (27- 2009). She is also sixth in program history for career home runs (24), fourth in RBI (114), tied ninth in walks (64).
Boyes is one of two children in her family. In her personal time she enjoys cycling, reading and running.
Scott Scalf | Assistant 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.
Tony Scibeli | Volunteer Assistant Coach
Tony Scibelli enters his second season as a volunteer assistant coach with the Zips softball program.
Scibelli joined the University of Akron softball staff in August 2015 after fourteen years coaching high school and travel softball.
As a head high school softball coach, Scibelli compiled a 76-20 record at Burton Berkshire High School and Kirtland High School, winning league championships each of the five years he served as a head coach.
Scibelli coached for several Ohio travel organizations over the last decade before joining the Beverly Bandits organization in 2013. This past summer as the head coach of the Beverly Bandits Demarini 14U team, Scibelli helped guide his team to a third place finish at the 14U PGF National Championships - the highest ever finish by a Midwest travel team in the 14U PGF division.
Scibelli currently holds a two-star certification from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and is in the process of completing his Master's in Sports Science from the University of Akron.
Stephanie Etter | Graduate Assistant
Stephanie is in her second season as a graduate assistant on Julie Jones’ staff.
Etter’s 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.
Etter received her bachelor’s degree from Morehead State University. At Morehead State she was a four-year varsity 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).