Joe Witten Photo

Joe Witten

Head Coach 1st season


Joe Witten is in his first season as IU Southeast's head softball coach.  Witten spent 10 seasons as the head softball coach at Floyd Central High School leading the Highlanders to unprecedented success.

Floyd Central won five Hoosier Hills Conference championships, a regional title and made one appearance in the Indiana state final during Witten’s tenure.  He also was named District 5 Coach of the Year four times.

Four of Witten’s players went on to play NCAA Division I sports at Ohio State, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Furman and University of Tennessee-Martin.    Nineteen players went to play collegiate softball overall, and six players were named to academic all-state teams.

He finished his high school coaching career with a 222-82-4 record for a .721 winning percentage.

Witten played baseball at Eastern Kentucky University from 1995-1999.  He was named to the Freshman All-America team in 1995. He remains the school record holder for single-season and career saves.  He is the Ohio Valley Conference career saves leader with 32 saves.  After graduating, Witten played in the Cape Cod League, the top-college summer league, with the Harwich Mariners in 1996 and 1997.  He played for the Frontier Leaguer’s Springfield Capitals in 1998.

Joe lives in Sellersburg with his wife, Carmen, and their two sons, Brady and Briar.

2013 Softball Roster
# Name Cl. Pos. Ht. Hometown Previous School
2 Darian Davenport FR UTIL 5-5 Louisville, Ky. North Bullitt H.S.
4 Summer Sanders SO OF 5-3 North Vernon, Ind. Jennings County H.S.
6 Megan Sutherland SR IF 5-0 Louisville, Ky. Butler Traditional H.S.
7 Alayna LaPaille FR OF 5-9 Louisville, Ky. Holy Cross H.S.
9 Nisha Brown FR P 5-6 Edinburgh, Ind. Edinburgh H.S.
11 Jenna Swain JR P 5-6 Zionsville, Ind. Zionsville H.S.
12 Whitney Estes FR C 5-2 Greenfield, Ind. Mt. Vernon H.S.
13 Jade Detzer JR OF 5-4 Santa Claus, Ind. Heritage Hills H.S.
14 Jordan Batliner SO P/UT 5-7 Floyds Knobs, Ind. Floyd Central H.S.
17 Shauna Gramig SR C 5-8 Shelbyville, Ky. Georgetown College
19 Katie Jelinek SR 3B 5-9 Woodridge, Ill. Downers Grove South
20 Brookelyn Visker FR SS 5-4 Indianapolis, Ind. Warren Central H.S.
21 Amber Eckstein JR P 5-4 Sunman, Ind. East Central H.S.
22 Elizabeth Roden FR OF 5-6 Delaware, Ohio Delaware Christian H.S.
25 Bethany Sullivan JR P/UT 5-7 Terre Haute, Ind. Terre Haute North H.S.
27 Ashley Benson JR 3B 5-4 Noblesville, Ind. Noblesville, H.S.

Coaching Staff

Joe Witten Photo
Head Coach
1st season
Kara Rodden Photo
Assistant Coach
1st season
Mark Mayfield Photo
Assistant Coach
1st season
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