As she begins her seventh season at the helm of the Yale softball program in 2018-19, Jen Goodwin has the Bulldogs on the rise. Yale has improved its Ivy League record from the previous season in three of the last four years. In 2017, the Bulldogs finished with their best Ivy League record since 2009 and entered the last day of the regular season still in contention for the North Division title. Five players from the 2017 team earned All-Ivy recognition, the most selections for Yale since 2011.
Goodwin made an immediate impact when she arrived in New Haven. In her first year, she led a squad that belted a school-record 31 home runs. Goodwin also mentored catcher Sarah Onorato, who had one of the finest seasons in school history. Onorato was named the Ivy League Player of the Year, the first Yale player to win the award since Seema Hingorani in 1991. Continued…..
Laura Ricciardone, who starred as a pitcher in the Ivy League and most recently helped South Florida to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances as an assistant coach, has been named an assistant coach at Yale.
Ricciardone joined the USF staff as a graduate assistant coach in 2017 and then spent the next two seasons as a full-time assistant. In her three years, the Bulls won 112 games and captured the American Athletic Conference regular-season title in 2019. USF won NCAA Regional games in both 2018 and 2019. In addition, USF was selected as the American’s Coaching Staff of the Year in both 2018 and 2019. Continued ….
Eric Kraut had an immediate impact on the Yale program in his first season on the staff in 2017. The Bulldogs finished with their best Ivy League record since 2009 and entered the last day of the regular season still in contention for the North Division title.
Prior to Yale, Kraut spent seven years as the head coach of the Arctic Blast club softball program in Minnesota. Kraut guided the Blast to four Minnesota state championships (2009, 2010, 2014, 2015) and two appearances in the national tournament (2014, 2015). Continued…..