As she begins her sixth season at the helm of the Yale softball program in 2017-18, Jen Goodwin has the Bulldogs on the rise. Yale has improved its Ivy League record from the previous season in each of the last three 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.
Over the last two seasons, the Bulldogs have won 19 Ivy League games, the best two-year stretch since the Ivy League went to the 20-game format in 2007.
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…..
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…..