Ryan Schalk enters his second season with the Toledo softball program. Last season, Schalk was responsible for recruiting, practice planning, scouting, defensive positioning, and game-hitting strategy as well as several other tasks. Under his direction, the Rockets improved their overall team batting average, despite losing the team's top two hitters from the previous season. Nine individuals on the team improved their batting averages under Schalk's direction. Academically, the Rockets saw 10 Academic All-MAC players and achieved an oevrall team grade-point average of 3.526. Schalk comes from Alverno College where he was the head coach of their softball program. Schalk guided the program to 14 overall wins and six Northern Athletic Collegiate Conference (NACC) victories. Under Schalk, six student-athletes were named NACC Scholar-Athletes as well. The six selections accounted for nearly 25 percent of all of Alverno's selections to the Scholar-Athlete team. Prior to his arrival at Alverno, Schalk was an assistant coach at Grand Valley State for the 2017 season where he helped lead the team to a 33-18 (17-5 GLIAC) record. The season also featured three first-team all-conference student-athletes as well as the conference Pitcher of the Year. Schalk has also coached at Muskegon Community College, where he was the head coach from 2014-16 as well as the assistant coach from 2008-14. Schalk earned his associate's degree in science and arts from Muskegon Community College in 2008 before receiving his bachelor's degree in physical education from Grand Valley State in 2014. He is pursuing his master's degree in recreation and leisure administration from Toledo.
Paige McMenemy enters her second season as the pitching coach for the Toledo softball program. During her first year with the Rockets, McMenemy helped the team win its first Mid-American Conference Tournament title in program history. McMenemy coached Erin Hunt to a spot on the MAC All-Tournament Team and the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after pitching 37.1 innings with four complete games during the tournament. Hunt was also named to the All-MAC second team after putting together 187.1 total innings and 196 strikeouts throughout the season. McMenemy is a 2018 graduate of Ashland University and split her collegiate playing career between Mid-American Conference member Akron and Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference member Ashland. McMenemy's coaching history includes a combined six years of private pitching and hitting instruction, along with five years as a head travel softball coach. Most recently (May 2018), McMenemy worked on the softball staff at Bo Jackson's Elite Sports in Hilliard, Ohio, where she was a camp instructor.
As a player, McMenemy spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons with the Zips and the 2017 and 2018 seasons with the Eagles. In four years, McMenemy appeared in 91 games (46 starts), tossing 351.1 innings for a 3.99 ERA and 203 strikeouts. McMenemy collected second team All-GLIAC honors in her junior season, and her 39 mound appearances are tied for the third-most in Ashland history. A native of Westerville, Ohio, McMenemy earned a bachelor's degree in science education from Ashland, majoring in middle-grade education with minors in science and math.