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.
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.
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.
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.
Camille Gaito was named an assistant coach with the UCSD softball program in September of 2013.
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 earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies from UC San Diego in 2012.
Kris Lesovsky was named an assistant coach with the UCSD softball program in September of 2013.
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 earned a bachelor’s degree in general biology and language studies from UCSD in 2012.