New Braunfels ISD is pleased to announce Amanda Balthun as the head softball coach and girls athletic coordinator at Long Creek High School. Coach Balthun brings a wealth of experience with more than 20 years at both the college and high school levels.

She comes to NBISD from Schertz Clemens, where she held the positions of assistant athletic coordinator, head softball coach, teacher and district wide secondary PE lead. Coach Balthun has 16 seasons of experience as a head softball coach with a 247-177-4 overall record. She has coached two district championship teams (2006, 2016); five bi-district finalists (2003, 2006, 2015, 2017, 2022); three area finalists (2016, 2021, 2023); and a regional finalist team (2004).

“We are thrilled to welcome Coach Balthun to NBISD,” said NBISD Athletic Director Richard Mendoza. “Her experience and success in coaching, combined with her dedication to the development of student-athletes, align with what we envision for the NBISD athletic department.”

As the newly appointed girls athletic coordinator, Balthun will play a pivotal role in shaping the athletic experiences of girls student-athletes across all sports at LCHS.

“It is a true honor to join the NBISD family and the Long Creek Dragon leadership team as the girls athletic coordinator and head softball coach,” Balthun said. “As a proud New Braunfels resident, I look forward to serving our community, empowering our student-athletes, and working alongside our coaches to provide enriching experiences both on and off of the courts and fields. This new era for NBISD offers endless opportunities to uphold beloved traditions and spirit while building an authentic identity for the Long Creek Dragons.”

Balthun comes to NBISD after having led the Clemens softball team since 2013 in addition to her roles as the assistant athletic coordinator and secondary PE lead. Before arriving at Clemens, she was a varsity softball assistant, volleyball assistant and teacher at Judson High School School from 2008 to 2013. From 2002 to 2008, she was the head softball coach, volleyball assistant and teacher at San Antonio McCollum High School. In 2002, she served as an assistant softball coach and strength and conditioning coach at Alvin College.

Coach Balthun earned her Bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Texas Lutheran University, where she was a four-year letterwinner as a middle infielder for the Bulldog softball team. She holds a Master’s in education leadership from Concordia Lutheran University. She is also involved as a member of the Texas High School Coaches Association and the Texas Girls Coaches Association.

Balthun has been a New Braunfels resident for the past nine years.