Amanda Fortune
Amanda Fortune

Position:
Assistant Coach


Amanda Fortune enters her first season as an assistant coach on Donna Martin's staff. Fortune joins Northern Illinois University after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Wright State University. She will be working with the Huskie pitching staff.

Fortune, a graduate of the University of Illinois, was a standout pitcher for the Illini from 2001-2004. A four-time varsity letterwinner, Fortune is the Illini's all-time career leader in pitching victories with 80. She also holds the Illini career records for lowest ERA (1.50), lowest opponent batting average (.215), most appearances (158), most games started (105), most complete games (67), most games finished (47), most shutouts (33), most innings pitched (755.1) and most strikeouts (470), while sharing the lead for saves with six. Fortune also holds a variety of single-season records at Illinois.

Her senior year, the Illini finished with a 45-21-1 record on its way to the final 16 in the NCAA Playoffs, finishing with a No. 17 ranking in the final National Fastpitch Coaches Association Top 25. She was named to the College Softball World Series Region 3 All-Tournament Team and also earned First Team All-Great Lakes Region honors and First Team All-Big Ten accolades.

During the 2003 season, Fortune helped lead the Illini to a 39-17-1 record and a fourth-place finish in the Big Ten on the way to a berth in the NCAA Regionals. She earned Big Ten Pitcher of the Week in both her freshman and senior years.

A native of Newhall, Calf., Fortune was a three-time Big Ten All-academic selection and a three-time recipient of Illinois' prestigious George Huff Award. Fortune graduated in August 2004 with a bachelor's degree in leisure studies with a concentration in sport management.