Patti Gerckens

 

Head Coach

Patti Gerckens is currently in her 23rd season in charge of the UC San Diego softball program in 2015.

The winningest head coach in program history, Gerckens has led the Tritons to three straight NCAA postseason berths, beginning with back-to-back school-record 45-win seasons and appearances in the Division II championship game, the first of which brought UCSD its first softball title in 2011. The Tritons finished as national runners-up in her milestone 20th campaign in 2012.

Gerckens has amassed an overall record of 593-499 (.544) over her 22-year career, with eight straight 30-win seasons among 10 total. The Tritons have gone 449-335 (.569) in 14 years since Gerckens guided the team’s transition from Division III to Division II in 2001, including 275-201 (.578) as a member of the ultra-competitive California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), widely considered the best Division II conference in the country.

Gerckens has led UCSD softball to 10 NCAA postseason appearances, with eight at the Division II level. UCSD is 22-16 (.579) in the NCAA Division II Championship.

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Jessica Millsap

 

Associate Head Coach

Jessica Millsap was promoted to Associate Head Coach in August of 2013 after serving as an assistant coach with the UCSD softball program since the fall of 2009.
Millsap is the recruiting coordinator for the Tritons and is also responsible for on-field coaching and camp organization.

The Tritons won a school-record 45 games in 2011 and 2012 and made back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Division II national title game, winning their first championship in 2011 and finishing as the runner-up in 2012.
Millsap was part of the 2011 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division II National Coaching Staff of the Year as well as the 2012 NFCA West Region Coaching Staff of the Year.

Primarily working with Triton pitchers and outfielders, Millsap guided a 2011 Triton pitching staff that had the eighth-lowest ERA (1.44) in the nation and the lowest ERA in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). Ace Camille Gaito finished with the second-most wins in the nation and the fourth-lowest ERA. Moreover, UCSD regular starting outfielders Kris Lesovsky, Katrin Gabriel and Taylor Sepulveda all boasted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.
Between January 2007 and May 2009, Millsap served as the top assistant for Biola University, helping the squad to an overall record of 77-63. The 2007 campaign turned out to be especially spectacular as the Eagles advanced to the second round of the NAIA Region II Tournament under the leadership of Jessica and her sister, head coach Carissa Kalaba.

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Camille Gaito

 

Assistant Coach

Camille Gaito was named an assistant coach with the UCSD softball program in September of 2013.
Gaito is responsible for working with the pitchers, as special assistant to associate head coach Jessica Millsap.

As a student-athlete, Gaito is one of the most decorated athletes to every play at Triton Softball field. She was a pivotal piece is bringing home the 2011 NCAA Division II national championship, the program’s first national title and the 30th overall for UCSD as an institution.
Gaito received All-America honors three times, was named to the All-CCAA First Team three years and earned Academic All-District selection once. After a stellar 2011 campaign, Gaito was tabbed the CCAA Female Athlete of the Year, CCAA Pitcher of the Year, West Region Pitcher of the Year and the NCAA Championship Most Valuable Player. She finished as UCSD’s all-time career leader in wins (98), appearances (154), complete games (101), saves (9), innings pitched (877.2) and strikeouts (617).

Gaito earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies from UC San Diego in 2012.

Kris Lesovsky

 

Assistant Coach

Kris Lesovsky was named an assistant coach with the UCSD softball program in September of 2013.
Lesovsky is responsible for working with the outfielders and the hitters.

As a student-athlete, she is one of the most decorated athletes to every play at Triton Softball field. She was a pivotal piece is bringing home the 2011 NCAA Division II national championship, the program’s first national title and the 30th overall for UCSD as an institution.
Lesovsky garnered All-America distinction three years, received All-CCAA First Team respects four times and was named All-West Region each season in her career. She was chosen as the West Region Player of the Year after compiling a school-record .446 batting average in 2009. Lesovsky finished as the Tritons’ all-time career leader in average (.386), runs (183), hits (276), doubles (66), RBI (130) and walks (146).

Lesovsky earned a bachelor’s degree in general biology and language studies from UCSD in 2012.

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