Assistant Coach Jack Bitzer is a graduate of West Virginia University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Mechanical Engineering. Upon graduation, the Pittsburgh, Pa., native joined General Electric with the Major Appliance Business Group in Louisville, Ky., and later moved to Syracuse, N.Y. with GE's radar and sonar business. In 1988, Bitzer and his family moved to Orlando with Emerson Electric's electronic business. He subsequently joined Sawtek Inc. as a vice president of operations.
Bitzer's fastpitch coaching experience began in 1996 with the Seminole Softball Club, a 300-member organization for girls ages 4-18 who want to participate in year-round fastpitch. After attending several Higher Grounds clinics and JoAnne Graf's catching clinic, Bitzer began conducting hitting, catching and coaching clinics for the Club. He has been an active board member for more than a decade, serving as vice president and treasurer for the organization.
Bitzer also has coached tournament teams and recreation teams for players ages 10 through high school for several years. Bitzer's tournament teams won the AAA Sports Nationals and NSA Winter Nationals in 2004 and 2005. Also in 2005, his 16 and under team won the NSA "A" States and placed third in the NSA "A" World Series.