Jen Goodwin

Head Coach

 

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.

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Barbara Reinalda

Associate Head Coach

 

She was named the co-head coach of the Bulldogs prior to the start of the 2005 season after spending seven years as Yale’s top assistant. She earned her 100th victory at Yale in 2009, a 1-0 win over Dartmouth. Overall, she guided the Bulldogs to 145 wins, the second most in school history.

 

As a player, Reinalda was one of the most successful pitchers in fast pitch softball history. She spent 19 years with the world-renowned Raybestos Brakettes and is the winningest pitcher in team history with a 441-31 record. During her career, she pitched 19 perfect games, 31 no-hitters, 76 one-hitters and 312 shutouts. In 1994, her final season with the team, she compiled a 14-0 record and a 0.38 ERA, while opposing hitters batted only .145 against her. She ended her career with 77 consecutive victories, a streak that spanned more than four years.

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Eric Kraut

Assistant Coach

 

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).

 

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Robin Landrith

Volunteer Assistant Coach

 

Landrith, a four-year starting catcher at Baylor, begins her first season on Jen Goodwin’s staff in 2017-18.

 

Landrith, who graduated in 2016, helped lead the Bears to the NCAA Tournament in each of her four years. In her sophomore season, Baylor made it all the way the College World Series, where she knocked in three runs, including a two-run double in the seventh inning of an 8-7 extra-inning win over Kentucky. Baylor was consistently nationally ranked during her career.

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