BELMONT, N.C. -- Jaci Gabelt, a former Division I softball coach and student-athlete, has been named to the newly-created position of Assistant Athletic Director for External Operations at Belmont Abbey College, Director of Athletics Stephen Miss announced today.
In her duties, Gabelt will assist in the day-to-day operations of the Department of Athletics with an emphasis on outreach and communications. She will also serve as the department's Senior Woman Administrator.
"Vibrant, intelligent, and poised, Jaci Gabelt separated herself from a strong pool of candidates during our search process," Miss said. "Her experience and accomplishments in all three phases of collegiate athletics – competing, coaching, and assisting administratively in addition to serving as an academic advisor - affords her a rather unique, well-rounded perspective to successfully mentor our coaches and students alike with their formation and development as they journey toward realizing their full potential as whole persons and becoming a blessing to themselves and to others."
Gabelt spent the last two years as head softball coach at Rider, overseeing all aspects of the program including fundraising, recruiting and scheduling. In 2015, she served as head coach and academic counselor at New Jersey City University.
The 2012 Northeast Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year, Gabelt enjoyed a stellar four-year career at Robert Morris, graduating with a degree in Psychology. Arguably the top hitter in Robert Morris history, she was a three-time All-NEC selection, claiming first-team honors as a junior in 2011 and second-team distinction in 2010 and 2012. She holds the school record for career batting average at .359, while also being the Colonials' all-time leader with 130 runs scored. Additionally, she ranks second in career hits (201) and home runs (27) and fourth in career RBIs (92). Over her four years, Gabelt led RMU to 114 wins, including a school-record 35 victories in 2012. The Colonials went 55-22 in the NEC during that span.
After four years, she moved into the coaching realm, serving on the 2013 Northeast Conference Coaching Staff of the Year in her first season. The Colonials won the regular-season title that year, posting a 30-17-1 overall mark and a 16-4 record in league play. She earned a master's degree in Leadership from Robert Morris.
"I would like to thank Abbot Placid Solari, O.S.B., President Thierfelder, Stephen Miss and the support staff for their confidence as we embark on this exciting future for Belmont Abbey athletics," Gabelt said. "I cannot express how excited and blessed I am to have this opportunity to contribute to the growth and success of this department. I look forward working with the Belmont Abbey students, community, and program supporters."
Formerly Jaci Timko, she married her husband, Jake, in August 2016.