|Alma Mater:||Michigan '13|
Duke softball head coach Marissa Young completed her initial coaching staff with the addition of assistant coach Amanda Chidester to the Blue Devils.
Chidester, who was a four-year starter at the University of Michigan, Young’s alma mater, will join Duke on Sept. 1, 2016. She will oversee the Blue Devil hitters and infielders.
While at Michigan, Chidester was the two-time Big Ten Player of the Year (2011, 2012) and a two-time NFCA All-America honoree (2009, 2011). She was also Michigan's Big Ten Medal of Honor winner as a senior in 2012. On the Wolverines’ career charts, Chidester completed her career ranked second in RBI (200), second in grand slams (5), fourth in slugging percentage (.596), fifth in home runs (40), ninth in hits (248) and 10th in runs scored (157). She graduated in 2013 with a degree in physical education with a minor in health.
After completing her Michigan career, Chidester was selected as a member of Team USA Softball. She has captured a trio of gold medals at the World Cup of Softball, hitting .385 with five runs batted in, three scored and a home run during the 2014 edition. She has added a pair of silver medals at the ISF World Championships, a gold medal at the Japan Cup and a gold medal from the Mayor's Cup and Pan American Games Qualifier.
Most recently, Chidester spent the 2015 campaign with the Japanese Softball League.
Duke announced its plan to add softball in 2013 and hired Young as the program’s first head coach in July, 2015. Plans for a new softball stadium are in progress as Duke will begin varsity competition in the spring of 2018.
The program is scheduled to allot the NCAA maximum 12 scholarships within the first four years of competition.