Don Justus | Assistant Coach
Don Justus joins the Hartford softball coaching staff for the 2019-20 season. Joining the staff as an assistant coach, Justus brings over 10 years of collegiate coaching experience to Hartford after a successful stint as an assistant at Kutztown University.
Working alongside Judy Lawes, the 16th-winningest coach in NCAA Division II history, Justus helped the Golden Bears qualify for six NCAA tournaments, win the 2013 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) title and finish as national runners-up in 2013.
Justus focused on the development of pitchers and outfielders, recruiting, coordinating camps and clinics, developing fundraising strategies, and assisted with team scheduling and traveling arrangements. He also served as the team's academic coordinator and advised the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for the athletic department.
Kutztown collected 339 victories during Justus' time on staff, including a school record 52 wins (52-7) in 2012, 40-win seasons in 2010 and 2011, and eight winning seasons overall. The Maroon and Gold advanced out of regional play to the NCAA Division II Championship in 2012 and 2013.
Justus came to Kutztown from Iona College, where he served as assistant softball coach from 2007-09. At Iona, Justus oversaw a pitching staff that featured 2009 MAAC Rookie of the Year Sarah Jackson, who compiled a 1.62 earned run average. He previously served as assistant coach at Kutztown during the 2004-05 academic year.
Justus is a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) as a Three Star Master Coach, Connecticut High School Coaches Association, and the PONY Softball National Tournament Staff.
Justus earned a bachelor's degree in business sports management at Columbia Southern University. He and wife, Jodie, reside in Branford, Connecticut.
Hannah Ford | Assistant Coach
Hired in the fall of 2018, Hannah Ford begins her first season as a graduate assistant coach for the Hartford softball team in 2019.
Ford comes to Hartford after a solid collegiate career at Sacred Heart. A four-year outfielder from 2015-18, she played in 149 games and was a three-time NSCA Academic All-American Scholar Athlete. Ford compiled 49 hits for the Pioneers, 19 of which went for extra bases on 16 doubles and three homers.
Outside of her collegiate career, Ford brings a wealth of coaching experience to the Hawks. She served as the head softball coach for the New Fairfield Rebels 14U Travel Team and summer camp counselor/private instructor for USA Elite Training in Cheshire, Conn. In addition, the New Fairfield, Conn., native was a camp counselor for Sacred Hearts summer softball training camp in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
A psychology major who minored in management, Ford graduated from Sacred Heart in 2018.