Jenn Testa '04, '05 MBA
Jenn Testa '04, '05 MBA
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 423-652-6343
Year: 10th Year

A mainstay in King Athletics since she arrived on campus in 2000, Jenn Testa is helping make history for Tornado Athletics. Testa guided the softball progam to a Conference Carolinas Tournament championship in their first year in the league, 2012, and the Tornado followed that with a regular season title in 2013. King nearly added another title in 2014, finishing as Conference Carolinas runners-up in the regular season.

Testa led the Tornado to a fourth place finish in the Conference Carolinas standings with a league record of 15-5 in 2017. King went 32-19 overall, the second most wins in program history. The Tornado offense was one of the best in Conference Carolinas, leading the league with a school records in hits (462), batting average (.324), on base percentage (.399) and slugging percentage (.450). The Tornado also led the league with 13 triples and hit by pitch with 46. On the defensive side, King ranked fourth in the league with a team earned run average of 2.98. Hannah Riddle and Kaycee Casteel became the first Tornado to be selected NFCA All-Region, garnering second team honors. King had six player earn All-Conference Carolinas honors. On March 8, Testa earned her 200th career win as the Tornado defeated Concord 9-5 in game one of the doubleheader.

In 2016, the Tornado again qualified for the conference tournament, posting an overall record of 19-31 while going 10-12 in league play. The King offense ranked near the top of Conference Carolinas in numerous categories ranking second in the league in doubles (81), home runs (33) and batting average (.297). The Tornado also led the league with a slugging percentage of .434 and ranked thrid with an on base percentage of .361. King won a pair of games in the conference tournament, but came up short of reaching the final day. The Tornado had four players earn all-conference honors and Hannah Devotie was selected a CoSIDA Academic All-American.

In a season that was surrounded by weather delays, Testa led King to an 18-27 overall mark, going 11-9 in Conference Carolinas play to earn the fourth seed the Conference Carolinas Tournament. In the first game of the tournament, the Tornado set a league record by scoring 21 runs in a 21-5 win over Erskine. However, the Tornado dropped their next two contests to end their season. King showed a solid defense all season, ranking second in NCAA Division II with an average of 0.6 double plays per game. Chrissy Melcher was named the Conference Carolinas Player of the Year and garnered first team all-conference while Morgan Lowe, Amber Palmer and Hannah Smith joined her on the all-conference first team.

The Tornado made history in their very first game of 2014, defeating a ranked team for the first time since becoming NCAA Division II. King topped #25 Columbus State University on the road in the season opener as pitcher Hannah Light brought a no-hitter into the seventh, and ultimately ended up with a one-hit shutout in the 2-0 victory. Later in the season, the Tornado duplicated the feat, defeating #23 Kutztown University 5-2. King finished the season with an overall record of 29-26, but went 11-5 in Conference Carolinas play to finish one game out of first place. The Tornado went on to finish as runners-up in the Conference Carolinas Tournament as well. Four players earned first team all-conference honors while two were named to the all-conference second team. Light was named Conference Carolinas Pitcher of the Year and second team Daktronics All-Southeast Region for the second straight year.

The 2013 season saw another first for the Tornado softball program as they won their first regular season Conference Carolinas championship. King cruised through the regular season conference slate with a 17-3 record to win the conference by three games. King stuggled early in the year, but closed the regular season on a nine-game winning streak and won 22 of their final 30 games to finish with a 31-26 overall mark. The Tornado had their 10-game winning streak snapped in the second game of the conference tournament, a 1-0 loss in 12 innings to Coker College. Hannah Light was named to the Daktronics All-Southeast Region second team after being named Conference Pitcher of the Year and first team all-conference. She was joined by Christina Melcher and Cassie Ringstaff on the all-conference first team while Fallon Thomas earned second team honors.

King nearly tripled their win total from the 2011 season and set a new program record for wins in a year (34) during their run through the conference tournament and right into the NCAA Division II Regional Tournament. Behind All-Conference pitcher Hannah Light and three additional All-Conference selections up the middle of the infield, Testa and the Tornado marched through the Conference Carolinas Tournament and were crowned champions then challenged No. 11 North Georgia in the Regional Tournament. Four were named to the All-Tournament team while Light was named Tournament Most Valuable Player. The tournament championship is the first since King fully transitioned to NCAA Division II.

After the turn of the spring, the Tornado turned a 6-9 record around by winning eight straight and 11 of their next 12 games. After winning six of their last nine games and their final three of the regular season, the team stormed through and went undefeated in four games to win the tournament title. They were backed by Light’s 19 wins in the circle, second-most in the conference, and her second-best earned run average (1.56). Two King players topped the charts in runs batted in (Thomas, 47; Melcher, 43) and freshman Christina Melcher tied for the league lead in batting average (.395).

After taking the reins of a program that began in 2005, Testa took the Tornado to their first national tournament in just her second season as head coach. Testa helped guide King to a 22-17 overall record in 2010 and advanced to the NCCAA National Tournament. By season’s end, she housed King softball’s first All-Americans in program history with one first team and one second team NCCAA All-American selection.

In her first season (2009) she led the team to the program’s best record in its history, finishing the year 23-16 (.590) overall. Testa continued to fuel the team’s success with a trip to the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Tournament, where the Lady Tornado finished fourth.

Testa was brought on as the assistant softball coach in 2005 while also serving as an assistant on the King women’s basketball team (2006-2008). In 2006, she was part of the softball program’s first trip to the Region XII Tournament before switching gears to the hardwood. While with the Tornado women's basketball team, she helped them to their first NAIA National Tournament appearance since 1992-93, ending a 15-year streak. Shortly after that tournament appearance, Testa was offered the head softball coach job.

The Upper Arlington, Ohio native was recruited as a dual-sport athlete and began her schooling at Denison (Ohio) University to play basketball and softball. After injuries provided a slight setback, Testa transferred to King in 2000 and became a four-year starter for the Lady Tornado basketball team from 2000 to 2004.  During her career she scored 968 points, received All-AAC honors and was voted as the team’s Best Defensive Player in three of her four years. Testa also served as captain of the Tornado for two seasons.

Testa earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Behavior Science from King in 2004 and received her Master's in Business Administration the following year. In 2005, she was named Sports Information Director while maintaining her assistant softball coach duties.

Testa played basketball and softball for Upper Arlington High School in Columbus, Ohio. As team captain in basketball, she led UAHS to the District Tournament finals her senior year and received All-Conference and All-District honors. She was named team and District Most Valuable Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Year that year, as well. On the diamond, Testa captained the Lady Golden Bear softball team her senior year. She was the youngest player to receive All-District honors and helped lead the Golden Bears to the District Finals.

The Tale on Testa 



Conf. Record

Conf. Finish


23-16 (.590)

7-9 (.438)



22-17 (.564)




13-27 (.325)






6th $

2013 31-26 17-3 1st


123-105 (.539)

37-21 (.638)


* transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II
$ Conference Carolinas Tournament Champions