Beginning her first season as head coach of the Saint Joseph’s softball program is Erin Brooks.
Named the eighth head coach in team history in November of 2017, Brooks brings a decade of head coaching experience to Hawk Hill as she has led her teams to a 230-166-1 overall record with eight appearances in the conference tournament and three in the NCAA Tournament. Over the last three seasons, she has served as head coach at Haverford College, leading the Fords to their first NCAA Division III Super Regional appearance in 2016.
“We are pleased to announce the appointment of Erin Brooks as our new head softball coach. Erin comes to us with 10 years of head coaching experience and previous success at two other Jesuit institutions, as an accomplished scholar-athlete at Fordham and as head coach at John Carroll University,” said DiJulia. “We look forward to partnering with Erin and building upon our pattern of academic and athletic success here on Hawk Hill. Enhancing the student-athlete experience is at the heart of our goal to develop everyday champions, in and out of the classroom, and on and off the playing field.”
Since taking over at Haverford in 2014, Brooks established the Fords as one of the top programs in the Centennial Conference posting a 60-53-1 overall record over three seasons. Under her instruction, 14 student-athletes garnered All-Centennial Conference honors, including six First Team honorees, while 13 Fords earned All-Academic Centennial Conference distinctions.
Beginning her first season as an assistant coach at Saint Joseph’s is Gina McCool.
McCool comes to Hawk Hill after spending the past three seasons as an assistant at Army West Point. Serving as primary assistant, McCool coordinated the Black Knights’ recruiting, and specialized in defensive strategies as the team posted a 101-69 overall record from 2016-18. Under her guidance, 14 student-athletes garnered All-Patriot League honors and five captured NFCA All-District accolades.
Prior to starting her collegiate coaching career, McCool was a four-year standout at shortstop for Rider. Starting all 193 games from 2012-15, she capped her career tied for 23rd all-time in career hits (147) and garnered Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Academic honors three time. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.
One of the top infielders in Saint Joseph’s history, Sarah Yoos begins her first season on the Hawks’ bench as an assistant coach.
Ranking third all-time in RBIs (122), tied for fifth in home runs (20) and 17th in career hits (162), the four-year starter twice garnered A-10 All-Conference honors and was named A-10 Rookie of the Year in 2013. As a senior, Yoos helped lead the Hawks to the title game of the A-10 Championship and earned All-Tournament Team honors in the process. Additionally, she set a new single-season record (13) and tied for fourth in RBIs (45).