Jen Goodwin begins her fourth season at the helm of the Yale softball program in 2015-16.
Goodwin has made an immediate impact at Yale. In her first year, she guided 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.
In 2015, Goodwin led a team that featured five freshmen or sophomores in the regular lineup to 11 victories.
The Bulldogs also have shined in the classroom under Goodwin, earning All-Academic Team honors from the NFCA twice.
Associate Head Coach
Barbara Reinalda was named associate head coach following the 2012 season. Reinalda, who was inducted into the National Softball Hall of Fame in 1999, begins her 17th season at Yale in 2015-16, which includes eight as the 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.
In 2006, her first season solely in charge of the team, she led the Bulldogs to 28 wins, only three shy of the school record. In 2009, Yale posted its best Ivy record since 2003 and won at least 20 games for the fourth straight year.
Sara Holland, who has previous experience as an assistant coach at Texas Tech and Virginia, begins her first year on Jen Goodwin's staff in 2015-16.
Holland has spent the last nine years as a professional softball instructor in Connecticut, consulting with several travel teams. In addition, she is the owner and operator of Kids Sports Zone and Growing Tree Yoga.
Holland enjoyed an outstanding playing career. She was a two-time first team All-Big XII selection at the University of Kansas, graduating as the Jayhawks record holder with 58 career doubles. She also set single season marks in doubles (21), hits (76) and total bases (117). Holland went on to play for the Georgia Pride in the Women's Professional Fastpitch League.
Eric Kraut, who has spent the last seven years as the head coach of the Arctic Blast club softball program in Minnesota, is in his first year as a member of Jen Goodwin's staff in 2016-17.
Kraut guided the Blast to four Minnesota state championships (2009, 2010, 2014, 2015) and two appearances in the national tournament (2014, 2015). He also has worked with the Eden Prairie, Minnesota, high school program and served as the director of player development for the Eden Prairie Fastpitch Association.
In addition, Kraut has experience in health and sports conditioning, working as the manager of group and personal training at the Elk River, Minnesota YMCA.
Kraut is a 1994 graduate of Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire where he was a four-year starter for the baseball team and set an NCAA record for home runs in a game. Following graduation, he played in the Cincinnati Reds Minor League system.