Jamie Mandarino
Jamie Spitale
Position: Associate Head Coach
Alma Mater: Hillsdale
Graduating Year: 1997
Phone: (269) 276-3289
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Jamie Spitale (formerly Mandarino), who arrived with head coach Kathy Leitke in Kalamazoo for the 2001 season, was promoted to associate head coach on July 18, 2005 and completed her 12th here with the program in 2012.  The St. Joseph, Mich., native completed a standout career as a player under Leitke at Lake Michigan College before returning to the school in 1997 as an assistant coach.

A season ago, Meredith Whitney rewrote the WMU pitching record book.  She ended her time in the Brown & Gold as the career leader in innings pitched (720.2) and strikeouts (742).  She ranks second in wins in a career (62) and in a season (19) as well as complete games in a career (82) and season (27).  She appears on the single-season strikeout list three times, ranking sixth with 177 in 2011, fourth with 196 in 2009 and first with 247 in 2012.

At WMU, Spitale focuses her efforts on recruiting and team development while also working closely with the Bronco pitchers, catchers and infielders. A WMU pitcher became the program's first MAC Tournament MVP as Whitney went 5-1 in 33.2 innings pitched with 615 pitches thrown.  She threw three complete-game victories with 281 pitches on final day to clinch the tournament title for WMU.

The 2010 season saw newcomer Diana Patterson get her feet wet in the circle while Whitney became only the fifth Bronco to reach 300 strikeouts in program history.

It was another banner year for the Bronco pitching staff led by Whitney, 2009 MAC Freshman of the Year.  Whitney became the first Bronco pitcher in program history to earn the award and was also named First Team All-MAC, a member of the MAC All-Freshman Team and the MAC All-Tournament Team.  She finished her rookie campaign with 196 strike outs, the third most in a single-season at WMU.

Her star pupil in 2007 and 2008 was Kyla Sullivan.  The Saugus, Calif., native earned Second Team All-MAC and All-NFCA Great Lakes Region as a junior and improved to First Team All-MAC during her senior campaign.  Sullivan combined with Kelli Zache for the program's first no-hitter since 2006 with a five-inning no-no against Northern Illinois on April 5, 2008.

The Bronco pitching staff was highlighted by Krysten Shumaker in 2006.  Shumaker ranked 22nd in the nation in ERA (1.10), 27th in strikeouts per game (9.1) and fifth in saves (5).  She also eclipsed the WMU single season strike out mark (239) previously held by Laura Stewart, who held the mark at 237 in 2004 under Spitale's tutelage.

Under Spitale’s guidance, the Bronco pitching staff has shown marked improvement and featured all-conference performers every season dating back to 2003: Laura Stewart (2003 and 2004), Jaymie Voss (2004), Tricia VanDerSlik (2005), Shumaker (2006) and Sullivan (2007 and 2008), Whitney (2009-12).

As an assistant at LMC (1997-2000), Spitale helped numerous players develop into nationally recognized student-athletes, including three All-America selections.  Nine players earned all-conference accolades, four were named to the all-state team and four garnered all-region honors during her tenure.

While at LMC, Spitale also served as the department’s assistant athletic director, focusing her efforts on academics.  During her tenure, 93 percent of the second-year students transferred to a four-year school and 41 athletes were named academic all-league.

The school had five student-athletes garner Academic All-America honors and 39 were named to the Academic “A” Team during the time Spitale was directing the program’s academic success.

An Academic All-American selection as a player, the pitching standout helped lead LMC to the national championship in 1993.  She pitched a shutout in the semifinal game of that title run, teaming up with former assistant coach Wendy Swinehart to claim the top spot in the nation.

During her playing career, Spitale played on two regional championship squads, earned all-conference, all-region and all-state honors and was a second team All-America honoree.

In 2003, Spitale was inducted into the St. Joseph’s High School Hall of Fame for her efforts on the softball field.

Spitale was married to Joe (Spitale) on Nov. 25, 2006 and the couple has two children, Haley (6) and Taylor (3).  Two of Spitale's three siblings attended and graduated from Western Michigan University.