Testa resigns from King softball

Photo Credit: Dan Morse
Photo Credit: Dan Morse

BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Director of Athletics David Hicks announced the resignation of Jenn Testa on Monday. Testa was a student-athlete at King and has led the Tornado softball program for the last 10 seasons. Her last day on campus will be July 31.

Testa has accepted the position of online graduation coach for the Tennessee Online Public School (TOPS) program with Bristol Tennessee City Schools, and will also be the head softball coach at Tennessee High School. Her responsibilities will include assisting students in the TOPS program, helping them stay on task to graduate, monitoring classes, credits, and supporting them in other ways as they prepare for the next step in their lives.

"When I made the decision to adopt two years ago I knew there would be a time I would have to make some major life changes and when this opportunity presented itself to me I couldn't pass it up," Testa said. "I have loved every minute of the last 18 years and my time at King. I am so excited that I will still have the opportunity to be in the area and be a fan of Tornado athletics. I can't thank every player, every professor, and administrator who has had a huge hand in making these last 18 years of my life so special."

Jenn arrived on campus in 2000 and was a four-year starter on the women's basketball team. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Behavior Science from King in 2004 and then in 2005 earned her MBA. During the 2005 season, she served as the assistant softball coach for the first-year program as well as serving as the sports information director. She then she transitioned back to the hardwood from 2006-08, serving as an assistant coach for the women's basketball team before becoming the second head coach in the softball program's history in 2009.

"Jenn's legacy at King extends far beyond the softball field,  from the friendships she's forged as a student to the young women who played for her and moved onto many successes following their graduation," said Hicks. "In every way, Jenn has fulfilled King's mission, and King University, King athletics, and King softball is better as a result of her contributions. This is a great move for Jenn and her family, and I am excited that she has this opportunity."

Leading the softball program, Testa built a solid foundation and developed the program into one of the top programs in the Southeast Region. During her 10 years, the team won three Conference Carolinas Championships, two tournament titles in 2012 and 2018 and a regular season title in 2013. The Tornado also made two NCAA Tournament appearances, coming in 2012 and 2018.

In 2018, she guided the Tornado to a program record 36 wins, breaking the record of 34 set in 2013. The Tornado earned the first NCAA Tournament wins for any King team, defeating Queens University in 10 innings before taking the next game over Coker College in 2018. The Tornado had their season come to an end in the regional final against top-ranked University of North Georgia.

Over the last 10 years, Testa guided the Tornado to four 30-win seasons, and 257 wins while going 90-50 in Conference Carolinas play. Six of her players earned All-Southeast Region honors, two were selected Conference Carolinas Pitchers of the Year, two were selected Conference Carolinas Players of the Year and 32 earned All-Conference Carolinas honors. Academically, one Tornado earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors and two earned all-district recognition while 25 were selected to the Academic All-Conference Carolinas team.

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