2014 Coast Guard Softball Guide
2014 CGA Softball
2014 SOFTBALL TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction 2014 Roster Season Preview The Coast Guard Academy Coast Guard Superintendent Director of Athletics Athletics Facilities Strength & Conditioning Staff Directory Coast Guard Softball Coaching Staff Player Bios Review & History 2014 Schedule 1 2 3 4-5 6 7 8-9 10 11 12-13 14-18 19 Inside Back Cover INTRODUCTION CREDITS The 2014 Softball Media Guide is a publication of the Coast Guard Academyâ€™s Athletic Media Relations Office. www.CGASports.com SOFTBALL 1 /CoastGuard AcademyAthletics 2013 CAPTAINâ€™S PHOTO @CoastGuardBears CGASPORTS.COM 2014 COAST GUARD SOFTBALL CAPTAIN KELLY GRILLS 2014 NUMERICAL ROSTER No. 1 2 3 4 6 7 8 9 11 13 14 15 19 20 23 25 Name Erin Lisko Meagen Witham Morgan Kingston Sara Cammuso Kelsey Gray Jessie Richardson Kelly Grills * Tara Larkin Sara Sorensen Natalie Spadafora Kaitlin Ward Erin Reynolds Hannah Ingerson Kristine Kahl Sammy Yuknat Cherokee Strickland Cl. Jr. Fr. So. Fr. Jr. Jr. Sr. So. So. Jr. Sr. Fr. So. So. So. Fr. Pos. UT OF SS OF P/OF C/IF 1B/IF OF P/OF 3B OF C 3B/1B P P 3B Hometown Waynesboro, Pa. Haymarket, Va. Satellite Beach, Fla. Millbury, Mass. Norfolk, Mass. Kent, Wash. Pawcatuck, Conn. New Milford, Conn. Lakewood, Wash. Kent, Wash. Saline, Mich. Valrico, Fla. Kirkwood, Pa. Monmouth, Maine Old Lyme, Conn. Vancleave, Miss. ROSTER Staff Head Coach Associate Head Coach Assistant Coaches Student-Assistant * Captain Donna Koczajowski (17th Season) Amanda Illinger Dana Fleischmann, Bill Mullins, Liz Oliveira Devin Fellman 2 2014 ONLINE GUIDE 2014 SEASON PREVIEW Following a 22-17 campaign a year ago, Coast Guard returns eight starters this year, including two-time All-New England catcher Jessie Richardson and 2013 All-NEWMAC shortstop Morgan Kingston. A year ago the Bears exceeded the 20-win plateau for the fifth consecutive season while making it to the final day of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Championship Tournament. Coast Guard will once again be led by head coach Donna Koczajowski, in her 17th season, having led the Bears to the NCAA Tournament in four of the past five years. Koczajowski will be assisted by associate head coach Amanda Illinger and assistant coaches Dana Fleischmann, Bill Mullins, and Liz Oliveira as well as studentassistant Devin Fellman. Coast Guard has been projected to finish fourth in the NEWMAC this season, after a sixth place finish a year ago. As mentioned the Bears will have virtually the same group back, however, they will be without a pair of starters with the losses of two-time All-American utility player Holli Bastinck (.339, 19 RBI) and four-year starting outfielder Stacia Sarwinski (.296, 20 RBI). The Bears will make a slight change to their schedule this year, opening the season at the NTC Spring Games in Clermont, Florida, deviating from opening the year at the Rebel Spring Games. They will also see their NEWMAC schedule increase by a pair of games with the addition of Emerson to the league this season. season after helping Coast Guard average in excess of four runs per game in 2013. The heart of the Coast Guard order remains mostly in tact this year with the return of Richardson (.415, 24 RBI) who led the team with 10 doubles, corner infielder Hannah Ingerson (.308, 10 RBI) whose three home runs co-led the team, and defensive stalwart, centerfielder Kaitlin Ward (.284, 19 RBI). Also returning to the Bears this season will be infielder Kelly Grills (.229), infielder/designated player Natalie Spadafora (.250), pitcher/ outfielder Kelsey Gray, pitcher/outfielder Sarah Sorensen, and outfielder Tara Larkin. The Bears return Kristine Kahl (15-8, 2.39 ERA) who developed into the staff ace a year ago, after leading the team in virtually every pitching category. She’ll be expected to continue to anchor the staff while taking on a more significant role with Sammy Yuknat (7-8, 3.98 ERA) limited in her ability to begin the season. Kahl will have some help pitching as both Sorensen and Gray have joined the pitching staff after having not pitched since high school. Coast Guard will welcome in a number of freshman who should contribute immediately. Sara Cammuso should lock down one of the starting corner outfield spots while Erin Reynolds will see time at catcher and in left field. Cherokee Strickland is likely to see a bulk of the playing time at third base while Meagen Witham will compete for time in the outfield and serve as a valuable pinch runner off the bench. Coach Koczajowski was very pleased with how the Bears finished last season and saying the last year was critical in gaining experience for a The key to this year’s club will be depth which very young group. She hopes the team will be Coach Koczajowski says is significantly more able to develop and continue to gain experience than in years’ past. It all starts on the offensive early in the year, especially down in Florida. side of the ball for the Bears this year as Coast “Our goal every year is to be able to compete Guard returns their top three hitters from a team in the NEWMAC and I think a top four finish is a that hit .315 a season ago. realistic goal for this season,” stated Koczajowski, before continuing on to say, “if we’re peaking at The middle infield tandem of Kingston (.382, 21 the right time towards the end of the season, RBI) and Erin Lisko (.347, 13 RBI), who combined there’s no reason to think we can’t compete for a for 18 of the team’s 32 stolen bases last year, is conference title.” set to serve as the sparkplug atop the order this SEASON PREVIEW SOFTBALL 3 COAST GUARD ACADEMY One of the smallest of the five U.S. Military Academies Four-Year Bachelorâ€™s of Science degree program Founded in 1876 aboard the schooner Dobbin Highly selective admissions standards No tuition, traditional application process No congressional nomination necessary Education includes academics, physical fitness, character and leadership development 85 percent of graduates choose to serve beyond their five-year commitment Two graduates have been NASA Astronauts 80 percent of graduates go to graduate school (most paid for by Coast Guard 4 2014 ONLINE GUIDE COAST GUARD QUICK FACTS The Coast Guard Academy has 23 Intercollegiate sports (11 men’s, 9 women’s, 3 co-ed) The Bears have been members of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in 15 sports since 1999 Coast Guard has won NEWMAC championships in Volleyball, Men’s Swimming, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Crew and Softball Teams have competed in the ECAC Championship tournament in men’s soccer, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball and softball in the past five years The Bears have advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite 8 in both Volleyball (2006) and Men’s Basketball (2007-08) COAST GUARD ACADEMY CORPS OF CADETS DEMOGRAPHICS - about 1,000 cadets enrolled - 48 states and 11 foreign nations represented - 100% of students housed on campus - 20 NCAA Division III athletic teams - 31% of cadets are women - 22% of cadets are minorities - 1 faculty member for every 8 students - 19 Cadets in an average class SOFTBALL 5 REAR ADMIRAL SANDRA L. STOSZ ACADEMY SUPERINTENDENT THIRD YEAR Rear Admiral Sandra L. Stosz assumed the duties of the 40th Superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, June 3, 2011. She reported to the Academy after serving as the Director of Reserve and Leadership at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. There she was responsible for developing policies to recruit, train and support approximately 8,100 Coast Guard Reservists. Rear Admiral Stosz is a surface operations officer with 12 years at sea, including command of two cutters – an icebreaking tug on the Great Lakes and a medium endurance cutter that patrolled North Atlantic and Caribbean waters. She and her crews executed many of the Coast Guard’s 11 missions such as drug and alien migrant interdiction, fisheries enforcement, search and rescue, polar and domestic icebreaking and ports and waterways security. Between sea duty tours Rear Admiral Stosz specialized in personnel and resource management and program review. She served tours of duty as Chief of Officer Assignments and as Program Reviewer and Acquisition Funds Coordinator for Coast Guard major systems acquisitions, including the 225-foot buoy tenders and 87-foot coastal patrol boats. She broadened her experience as the Secretary of Transportation’s military assistant and years later as the Commandant’s executive assistant. She has served as Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard’s recruit training center in Cape May, New Jersey and as Director of Coast Guard Enterprise Strategic Management and Doctrine where she was responsible for aligning enterprise level strategic and management functions with the Commandant’s strategic intent. Rear Admiral Stosz graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1982 with a bachelor of science degree in Government. She was awarded a Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University’s J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management in 1994. In 2000 she completed an executive fellowship in national security through the MIT Seminar XXI program, and she earned a Master of National Security Strategy from the National War College in 2004. In 2009 she attended the Navy’s Executive Business Course at University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler business school. Rear Admiral Stosz’s personal awards include three Legion of Merit Medals, four Meritorious Service Medals, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals and two Coast Guard Achievement Medals. COAST GUARD ACADEMY SUPERINTENDENT 6 2014 ONLINE GUIDE TIM FITZPATRICK DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS THIRD YEAR Tim Fitzpatrick just completed his second academic year as Director of Athletics at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and on his watch the USCGA’s athletic program has seen growth in several key areas. In addition to securing a comprehensive, five-year shoe and apparel agreement with adidas America for the academy’s 21 NCAA sports, has overseen a rebranding initiative that has resulted in new logos and marks and created an athletic booster organization (the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Bear Club). Under Fitzpatrick’s guidance, the department produced its first-ever women’s professional development seminar (the Women’s LeadHERship Symposium) for female USCGA athletic staff members as well as attendees from colleges and universities throughout New England, and has launched an external program for sale of corporate sponsorships and partnerships. Fitzpatrick was the Director of Athletics at Texas A&MCorpus Christi for two years prior to his arrival at USCGA, after spending the previous four years as the Deputy Athletic Director at Indiana University. At Texas A&M – Corpus Christi, Fitzpatrick secured major gifts for construction of a new outdoor tennis center, as well as renovation of the university’s baseball and softball stadiums. He additionally served on the NCAA’s Division I Women’s Basketball Issues Committee while in south Texas, and executed a strategic plan which increased the department’s corporate sponsorship revenue by nearly 40%. While at Indiana, he was responsible for internal administration of the department, oversaw capital construction and facilities management, and had oversight of the football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball programs. Additionally, Fitzpatrick managed IU’s external units, including marketing, ticket operations, licensing, merchandising, website, and publications. Additionally, he negotiated a 6-year, $21,000,000 shoe and apparel agreement with adidas America and administered the Hoosiers’ multi-media partnerships with Learfield Sports and the Big Ten Network. During his tenure, Indiana realized a ticket sales revenue increase of 15-percent over annual budgeted projections. Fitzpatrick came to IU after spending the previous five years as COO and associate athletics director for external operations at the U.S. Military Academy. Fitzpatrick directed a fundraising effort that saw Army’s “A Club” donor base grow from 750 to 6,700 and annual giving grow from $500,000 to $1.8 million. He also cultivated the Army Sports Network from two radio stations to 18, including 50,000-watt ESPN 1050 in New York City. During his tenure at West Point, corporate sponsorship revenue jumped from $250,000 to $920,000 annually. He arrived at West Point from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, where he served as the associate athletics director for external affairs and executive director of the athletic foundation. Fitzpatrick’s work at Charlotte resulted in a 26-percent increase in annual gifts and a 39-percent increase in planned gifts. Prior to Army and Charlotte, Fitzpatrick served in a similar role at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to serving as the men’s basketball sport administrator, he directed a staff that generated a school record $1.4 million in sponsorship revenue and a $125,000 increase in annual giving. Fitzpatrick was a senior associate athletics director at the University of North Texas from May 1994 to June 1996. He was instrumental in UNT’s transition from NCAA Division I-AA football to the Big West Conference, and during the 1994 football season, North Texas was one of three programs nationally to have every football game televised in its home market. This local television package generated more than $700,000 in corporate sponsorship revenue. DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS He gained considerable experience as Assistant Commissioner of the Southwest Conference from 199294. Fitzpatrick negotiated a $2.25 million, three-year men’s basketball tournament title sponsorship with the Dr. Pepper Company, and he also oversaw the league’s national and local television syndication efforts. Fitzpatrick began his athletic administration career as the assistant marketing director at Army before moving on to Virginia Commonwealth as the director of marketing and Ticket Sales (1984-87) and Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing and Public Relations from 1987-92. A 1981 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College with a bachelor’s degree in English, Fitzpatrick earned his master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio University in 1982. Tim is married to Kerry Marks, and they have a son, James. SOFTBALL 7 COAST GUARD ACADEMY NITCHMAN TRACK & FIELD COMPLEX The Track & Field Complex was constructed in the summer of 2007 first used for the men’s and women’s soccer games that Fall. The FieldTurf surface lies on the banks of the beautiful Thames River and is also home to the men’s and women’s track & field program. COMMANDER JOHN MERRIMAN GYM Merriman Gymnasium is home to the women’s volleyball program and the men’s and women’s basketball programs. The gym holds three basketball courts used for varsity practices and games, as well as intramural competition. The 1200-seat facility has been home to numerous league and regional championships. ROLAND POOL Roland Pool is home to our men’s and women’s swimming and diving program. The eight-lane, 50-yard pool is also used daily for athletic training programs for our cadet-athletes, physical education courses, as well as military training programs necessary to carry out the missions of the Coast Guard for all cadets. 8 2014 ONLINE GUIDE NITCHMAN BASEBALL FIELD Nelson Nitchman Field is home of the Coast Guard Academy baseball team. The picturesque view from the field overlooks the Thames River. NITCHMAN SOFTBALL FIELD Nelson Nitchman Field is home of the softball team. The Bears have enjoyed tremendous success winning three of the last four NEWMAC tournament championships and going to the NCAA tournament four straight seasons (20092012). CADET MEMORIAL FIELD Cadet Memorial Field was made into a FieldTurf surface in 2004 as a gift from the Class of 1952. The facility features a twostory press box that includes two coaches rooms, a room for radio broadcasting and video recording, space for media personnel, and two lounge lounge areas for additional seating. The 1500seat stadium overlooks the Thames River and the Gold Star Memorial Bridge. SOFTBALL 9 Coast Guard Athletics has two weight rooms, each featuring state-of-theart equipment for our cadets and cadet-athletes to use to improve their overall health and fitness. The facility in Roland Hall is dedicated to freeweight exercising while our Billard Hall facility holds our nautilus, cardio, and other guided machine equipment. Joe Crozier Strength and Conditioning Coach Joe Crozier is in his second year as the head of the Strength and Conditioning Program with the Coast Guard Athletic Department. Crozier came to the Academy from California State University-Chico where he earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology and his masters degree in kinesiology. Joe is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach with distinction through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and Certified Personal Trainer with the American College of Sports Medicine. Joe designs and implements workout regimens for all of our varsity sport programs. Working with teams both in-season and out-of-season, Joe’s focus is to better prepare athletes for competition by concentrating on sport-specific programs designed to achieve the ultimate level of success. Coast Guard’s strength and conditioning program is dedicated to ensure each cadet-athlete is equipped with the correct instruction, knowledge and guidance to reach their peak performance level and to decrease the potential for injuries. Our program also preaches the importance of a proper, nutritionally balanced diet as well as appropriate pre-game and post-game routines to ensure safe preparation, performance, and recuperation for each contest. STRENGTH & CONDITIONING 10 2014 ONLINE GUIDE ADMINISTRATION Name Tim Fitzpatrick Dan Rose Tim Opstrup Chris Parsons Jason Southard Bill Mullins Art Lamoureux Andrea Stewart Katherine Bossardet Vi Oliver Joe Crozier Bruce Cobb Marc Grindstaff Title Director of Athletics Associate AD/Director of Physical Education Assistant AD/Business Manager Assistant AD/Compliance Director of Media Relations Media Relations Assistant Director of Athletic Operations Senior Women’s Administrator Associate Office Manager Administrative Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Head Equipment Manager Assistant Equipment Manager Phone 860-444-8600 860-701-6798 860-444-8602 860-701-6197 860-701-6800 860-444-8601 860-701-6799 860-444-8600 860-444-8580 860-444-8409 860-444-8608 860-444-8606 MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY Name Ethan Brown Greg Ahnrud Mariette Ogg Title Head Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Phone 860-444-8590 RIFLE Name Bryan Pape Title Head Coach Phone 860-444-8254 SAILING Name Doug Clark Jack Neades Brian Swingly Title Director of Sailing Head Offshore Coach Head Intercollegiate Coach Phone 860-444-8577 860-701-6291 860-444-8325 ATHLETIC TRAINING Name Ken Niedzwiecki Kevin Colasurdo Marina Dubrovsky Jake Ibey Shannon Nickels Title Head Athletic Trainer Assistant Athletic Trainer Assistant Athletic Trainer Assistant Athletic Trainer Assistant Athletic Trainer Phone 860-444-8619 860-701-6618 860-701-6415 860-701-6416 860-701-6617 SOFTBALL Name Donna Koczajowski Amanda Illinger Dana Fleischmann Bill Mullins Title Head Coach Associate Head Coach Assistant Coach Pitching Coach Phone 860-444-8604 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Name Alex Ivansheck Keyokah Mars-Garrick Catherine Lewis LCDR LuAnn Kehlenbach Title Head Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Faculty Representative Phone 860-701-6594 860-701-6960 860-444-8415 BASEBALL Name C.C. Grant Kevin Jaskiewicz Title Head Coach Assistant Coach Phone 860-444-8581 860-701-6132 FOOTBALL Name Bill George Dana Fleischmann C.C. Grant Ray LaForte Jay Driscoll Pat Knowles CDR Darell Singleterry Don Miller Title Head Coach Co-Defensive Coordinator/ Recruiting Coordinator Co-Defensive Coordinator Offensive Coordinator Defensive Line Tight Ends/Quality Control Defensive Assistant Running Backs Phone 860-444-8584 860-444-8605 860-444-8581 860-701-6805 WOMEN’S CREW Name Jen Meuse Jodi Hope LT Vicky Futch Title Phone Rowing Coordinator/Head Coach 860-444-8679 Assistant Coach Assistant Coach WRESTLING Name Steve Eldridge Rob McKnabb Title Head Coach Assistant Coach Phone 860-444-8587 860-701-6595 MEN’S BASKETBALL Name Kevin Jaskiewicz Bob Bono Sam Cheung Chris Vincent Title Head Coach Associate Head Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Phone 860-701-6132 860-444-8588 WOMEN’S SOCCER Name Susan Grant Amanda Illinger LCDR Jess Rozzi-Ochs Anthony Occhialini Title Head Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Goalkeeper Coach Phone 860-444-8582 MEN’S CREW Name Colin Regan Mike Shugrue Title Head Coach Interim Men’s Head Coach Phone 860-444-8679 WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING Name John Westkott Mary Westkott Ryan Cutler Title Head Coach Assistant Coach Diving Coach Phone 860-444-8586 860-701-6374 STAFF DIRECTORY MEN’S SOCCER Name Chris Parsons Patrick McCarney Anthony Occhialini Title Head Coach Assistant Coach Goalkeeper Coach Phone 860-701-6197 WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL Name Aylene Ilkson Aaron Parker Peter Kazlas Christine Rostowfske Corinne Plummer Title Head Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Phone 860-444-8589 MEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING Name John Westkott Mary Westkott Ryan Cutler Title Head Coach Assistant Coach Diving Coach Phone 860-444-8586 860-701-6374 WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY Name Ethan Brown Greg Ahnrud Mariette Ogg Title Head Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Phone 860-444-8590 MEN’S TENNIS Name Jim Hazlin Mike Turdo Title Head Coach Assistant Coach Phone 860-464-6286 SOFTBALL 11 DONNA KOCZAJOWSKI HEAD COACH 17TH SEASON DONNA.L.KOCZAJOWSKI@USCGA.EDU Donna is in her 17th season as head coach. She has led the Bears to the NCAA tournament the last four years including a pair of regional final appearances in 2009 and 2010. This past season she won her 400th career game, a 3-1 victory of national power Eastern Connecticut. In doing so, she became just the seventh active coach in Division III New England to reach that milestone. The season also marked the fifth consecutive NEWMAC tournament appearance for the Bears. In the last five seasons, the Bears have a record of 161-57-1 and have won three NEWMAC regular season (2009, 2010, 2011) and three NEWMAC tournament titles (2010, 2011, 2012). Coach K was named NEWMAC Coach of the Year in 2010 and 20011. In 2012, the Bears qualified for the NEWMAC tournament as the sixth and final seed and after being beat, the team had to win five games including three on the final day to claim its third straight championship. She has an 16-year record of 402-236-1. In each of her first two seasons, she led the Bears to a then school record 26 wins and back-to-back trips to the ECAC Tournament and the programâ€™s first ever post-season win in 1998. The 2009 team won a school-record 39 games and finished 39-7-1 and 15-0-1 in conference play. Koczajowski has coached an All-American during each of the last three years as pitcher Hayley Feindel and catcher Amanda Frederick earned third team honors in 2010. Feindel, the NCAA Division III All-time leader in wins (124) and strikeouts (1,457) became the first Coast Guard softball player to earn first team All-America honors in 2011 while Holli Bastinck earned first team All-America honors last season. Coach K was at Smith Academy prior to coming to Coast Guard and she was a weight training instructor in both 1993 and 1994 at the University of Massachusetts where she earned a B.S. in Exercise Science in 1993. She was a four-year letterwinner as a catcher on the softball team. Koczajowski earned a Masters in Exercise Science Physiology and Sport Psychology from Springfield College. AMANDA ILLINGER ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH SEVENTH SEASON Coach Illinger is in her seventh year coaching at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. She is the local softball recruiting coordinator. Amanda brings a wealth of knowledge and post-season experience to the Bears softball team. Engaging in all aspects of coaching the Bears, she specializes in outfield, offensive and defensive short game play and base running. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Ithaca College in physical education, where she was a multi-position player for the Perennial powerhouse, Ithaca College Bombers. Coach Illinger is a Connecticut native, hailing from Hanover, CT where she was a softball standout at Norwich Free Academy. In 2008-2009, she was the recipient of the New England Intercollegiate Softball Coaches Assistant Coaches Award. She is a Physical Education teacher at New London Middle School. STAFF 12 2014 ONLINE GUIDE DANA FLEISCHMAN ASSISTANT COACH FIFTH SEASON Dana begins his 14th season as a member of the Bears coaching staff. Fleischmann serves as the Co-Defensive Coordinator and coaches the defensive backs. He was an assistant coach at Maine Maritime prior to arriving at the Academy. He worked with the running backs and served as Recruiting Coordinator and Academic Counselor. The 1997 graduate of the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota was a two-year letter winner as a punter and a All-Academic selection in the MIAC. Dana earned a Masters Degree in Athletic Administration and Physical Education from Northwest Missouri State in 1999. Dana, his wife Corinna and their three-year old daughter Josslyn reside in Ledyard. KEVIN COLASURDO ASSISTANT COACH FIRST SEASON Kevin is currently in his second year as an assistant athletic trainer at Coast Guard Academy. Colasurdo comes to the Coast Guard Academy after spending three years at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital serving as an athletic trainer for local high schools and working in the area of therapeutic fitness for the New London Fire Department and L&M Outpatient Care. Prior to L&M, Kevin spent two years as an assistant athletic trainer at Southern New Hampshire University, working primarily with the Menâ€™s soccer, basketball, and lacrosse teams. In 2007, Colasurdo graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Athletic Training from Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts. Kevin also earned a Mastersâ€™ Degree in Business Administration in Global Studies from Southern New Hampshire University in 2009. Colasurdo is a licensed athletic trainer in Connecticut while holding his BOC certificate. He also holds certification as a National Academy of Sports Medicine Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM-PES) and Functional Movement Screening (FMS). STAFF SOFTBALL 13 KELLY GRILLS SENIOR - INFIELDER PAWCATUCK, CONN. #8 Kelly is expected to compete for time at first base after serving a starting role during the second half of last season. She is the daughter of Mike and Megan and is majoring in Management at the Academy where she is a member of the Dean’s List. She was named a 2013 NEWMAC All-Academic performer. BEFORE CGA Grills played field hockey and softball at Stonington (Conn.) High School for coach Ann Marie Houle ... was a two-time captain in softball and was named all-state in both sports ... has a younger brother, Tyler (17) ... grandfather served in the Air Force. GETTING TO KNOW KELLY Kelly’s favorite food is chicken parmesan and her favorite snack food is cheese and crackers. Her favorite book is The Curious Incident of the Day in the Night Time. If she could visit any sports stadium or arena it would be Fenway Park. CAREER STATS Year 2011 2012 2013 Total GP 6 7 19 32 AVG .400 .167 .229 .237 AB 5 6 48 59 R 2 3 7 12 H 2 1 11 14 RBI 1 1 4 6 2B 0 0 1 1 3B 0 0 0 0 HR 0 0 0 0 SB-SBA 1-1 0-0 2-2 3-3 KAITLIN WARD SENIOR - OUTFIELDER SALINE, MICH. #14 Katilin enters this season as the Bears starting center fielder for the fourth consecutive season. She is the daughter of Larry and Carol-Ann Ward and is majoring in Marine and Environmental Sciences at the Academy where she is a member of the Dean’s List. She is also a four-year member of the Coast Guard basketball team. BEFORE CGA Ward played both basketball and softball for coach Jason Pickett at Saline (Mich.) High School ... earned All-Area and AllConference selections in both sports ... team captain in basketball as both a junior and a senior ... was named Academic AllState and was a member of the National Honor Society ... has two older sisters, Kristen (28) and Kelly (26). GETTING TO KNOW KAITLIN Kaitlin’s favorite movie is Pitch Perfect and she considers Mat Kearney to be her favorite singer. Other than Coast Guard, Michigan State is her favorite college team and The Hunger Games series is her favorite literature. If she could meet anyone, living or deceased, she would choose Miley Cyrus and Rebel Wilson. CAREER STATS Year 2011 2012 2013 Total PLAYER BIOS GP 40 47 39 126 AVG .240 .326 .284 .284 AB 96 129 109 334 R 25 26 19 70 H 23 41 31 95 RBI 12 30 19 61 2B 5 10 5 20 3B 0 0 1 1 HR 3 5 1 9 SB-SBA 1-1 0-1 2-2 3-4 14 2014 ONLINE GUIDE ERIN LISKO JUNIOR - UTILITY WAYNESBORO, PA. #1 Erin is expected to hold down a starting job shuffling between multiple positions after serving as both a starting shortstop and second baseman during her first two years at the Academy. She is the daughter of John and Donna Lisko and is majoring in Marine and Environmental Sciences. Both of her brothers serve in the Coast Guard and her father serves in the Navy. BEFORE CGA Lisko competed in field hockey, basketball, and softball at Waynesboro Area (Pa.) Senior High School for coach Dough Stuart ... team captain in softball as a senior where she was a second team All State selection and two-time first team All-Mid Penn selection ... has two older brothers, Johnny and Brian who wrestled and played baseball, respectively, at Coast Guard. GETTING TO KNOW ERIN Erinâ€™s favorite restaurant is the Longhorn Steakhouse and her favorite snack food is Quest Bars. Her favorite pro team is the Philadelphia Phillies and her favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird. Her favorite actor is Mark Wahlberg and if she could meet anyone, living or deceased, it would be her grandpa. CAREER STATS Year 2012 2013 Total GP 45 39 84 AVG .244 .347 .294 AB 131 124 255 R 14 19 33 H 32 43 75 RBI 10 13 23 2B 2 7 9 3B 0 0 0 HR 0 2 2 SB-SBA 4-5 12-14 16-19 JESSIE RICHARDSON JUNIOR - CATCHER/INFIELDER KENT, WASH. #7 Jessie is expected to anchor the Coast Guard offense and serve as the starting catcher this season. She is the daughter of Mike and Glenda Richardson and is majoring in Management at the Academy. She is a two-time All-NEWMAC and All-New England performer, earning accolades as both a freshman and a sophomore. BEFORE CGA Richardson played softball at Kentlake (Wash.) High School for coach Greg Kaas where she served as a team captain as both a junior and senior ... has a younger sister, Jamie (18) ... father, Mike, and grandfather, Roger Kennedy, both served in the Coast Guard. GETTING TO KNOW JESSIE Jessieâ€™s favorite athlete is Jackie Robinson and her favorite TV show is Bones. Her favorite song is Landslide by Fleetwood Mac and if she could visit any sports stadium or arena it would be old Yankee Stadium. The most used app on her phone is Pandora and if she could meet anyone, living or deceased, it would be President Abraham Lincoln. CAREER STATS Year 2012 2013 Total PLAYER BIOS GP 47 39 86 AVG .452 .415 .435 AB 146 130 276 R 47 21 68 H 66 54 120 RBI 26 24 50 2B 10 10 20 3B 0 0 0 HR 3 0 3 SB-SBA 4-5 3-4 7-9 SOFTBALL 15 KELSEY GRAY JUNIOR - PITCHER/OUTFIELDER NORFOLK, MASS. #6 Kelsey will see time in the circle as a member of the Bears’ pitching staff in addition to serving time as an outfielder. She is the daughter of Richard and Cheryl Gray and is majoring in Management at the Academy where she is a member of the Dean’s List. She is also a member of the Coast Guard swimming team. BEFORE CGA Gray competed in field hockey, swimming, and softball at King Philip (Mass.) High School ... she was a three-sport captain as a senior ... has four younger brothers, Will (18), Matt (15), Tyler (13), and Kyle (12). GETTING TO KNOW KELSEY Kelsey’s favorite pro sports teams are the New York Giants and the Boston Bruins while her favorite movie is Miracle. Her favorite actress is Jennifer Lawrence and if she could visit any sports stadium or arena she would choose Fenway Park. Her favorite book is the Great Gatsby and if she could meet anyone, living or deceased, it would be Elvis Presley. CAREER STATS Year 2012 2013 Total GP 17 21 38 AVG .125 .135 .132 AB 24 52 76 R 5 5 10 H 3 7 10 RBI 4 3 7 2B 2 4 6 3B 0 0 0 HR 0 0 0 SB-SBA 0-0 0-0 0-0 NATALIE SPADAFORA JUNIOR - THIRD BASE KENT, WASH. #13 Natalie is expected to contribute with her bat this year either as a DP or a pinch hitter in spots as well as serve as a back-up third baseman. She has shown offensive promise and could see an increased role this year. She is the daughter of Chris and Jennifer Spadafora and is majoring in Marine and Environmental Science. BEFORE CGA Spadafora played soccer and softball at Kentridge (Wash.) High School for coach Julie Simonson ... her grandfather Nat Spadafora also served in the Coast Guard ... she was a team captain for her high school softball team. GETTING TO KNOW NATALIE Natalie’s favorite pro sports team is the Seattle Seahawks and her favorite athlete is Ken Griffey Jr. The most used app on her phone is Facebook and her favorite snack food is Goldfish. She considers Lou Piniella to be the greatest coach to ever live and if she could meet anyone, living or deceased, it would be former Seattle Mariner star Edgar Martinez. CAREER STATS Year 2012 2013 Total PLAYER BIOS GP 3 14 17 AVG .667 .250 .290 AB 3 28 31 R 1 5 6 H 2 7 9 RBI 1 4 5 2B 0 1 1 3B 0 1 1 HR 0 0 0 SB-SBA 0-0 1-1 1-1 16 2014 ONLINE GUIDE HANNAH INGERSON SOPHOMORE - INFIELDER KIRKWOOD, PA. #19 Hannah will be expected to start at either corner infield spot or serve as the Bears designated player this season. She is the daughter of Lloyd Ingerson Jr. and Linda Swank and is majoring in Government at the Academy. BEFORE CGA Ingerson was a member of both the softball and volleyball team for coach Brett Miller at Solanco (Pa.) High ... graduated as a member of the Distinguised Honor Roll ... has a younger brother, Roy (17). GETTING TO KNOW HANNAH Hannah’s favorite TV show is How I Met Your Mother while her favorite movie is the Sandlot. Blake Shelton is her favorite singer and she says that visiting all the Major League Baseball stadiums is on her bucket list. If she could meet anyone, living or deceased, it would be either Jorge Posada or Hines Ward. CAREER STATS Year 2013 Total GP 35 35 AVG .308 .308 AB 104 104 R 13 13 H 32 32 RBI 16 16 2B 5 5 3B 0 0 HR 3 3 SB-SBA 0-1 0-1 KRISTINE KAHL SOPHOMORE - PITCHER MONMOUTH, MAINE #20 Kristine is expected to lead the Coast Guard rotation after leading the team in virtually every pitching category a season ago. She is the daughter of Robert and Danielle Kahl and is majoring in Marine and Environmental Sciences. Her uncle, Scott Crawford, is a retired CWO3 after serving 20 years in the Army. BEFORE CGA Kahl competed in cross country, basketball, and softball at Monmouth (Maine) Academy where she was a captain in all three sports and was her class valedictorian ... has an older brother, Elliott (22) ... was named All-Conference and All-State in both basketball and softball. GETTING TO KNOW KRISTINE Kristine’s favorite movie is Inglourious Basterds and her favorite band is The Beatles. Her favorite pro sports team is the New York Yankees and her favorite book is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. If she could meet anyone, living or deceased, it would be President Abraham Lincoln. CAREER STATS Year 2013 Total PLAYER BIOS APP 27 27 ERA 2.39 2.39 W-L 15-9 15-9 IP 152.1 152.1 R 92 92 ER 52 52 SO 55 55 BB 54 54 SOFTBALL 17 MORGAN KINGSTON SOPHOMORE - SHORTSTOP SATELLITE BEACH, FLA. #3 Morgan will be expected to fill the starting shortstop role again this year after starting all 39 games there a year ago. She is the daughter of retired Navy Captain Steve and Rebekah Kingston and is majoring in Management. Morgan was named Coast Guard Female Freshman Athlete of the Year while also earning All-NEWMAC honors. BEFORE CGA Kingston was a three-year captain for coach Crooks in softball at Satellite Beach (Fla.) High where she was also a member of the swimming team ... has an older sister, Katie (25). GETTING TO KNOW MOGRAN Morgan’s favorite singer is John Mayer and her favorite athlete is David Beckham. Mario Kart is her favorite video game while she considers queso and ice cream to be her favorite foods. If she could meet anyone, living or deceased, it would be her great-grandmoth. CAREER STATS Year 2013 Total GP 39 39 AVG .382 .382 AB 123 123 R 27 27 H 47 47 RBI 21 21 2B 4 4 3B 0 0 HR 1 1 SB-SBA 6-8 6-8 SARAH SORENSEN SOPHOMORE - PITCHER/OUTFIELD LAKEWOOD, WASH. #11 Sarah will be expected to compete for a starting role in the circle for the Bears as well as see time in the outfield. She is the daughter of Phil and Susie Sorensen and is majoring in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. BEFORE CGA Sorenson was a four-year member of the softball team at Bellarmine (Wash.) Preparatory School for coaches Craig and Rick Coovert ... graduated with honors, National Honor Society member, and Scholar-Athlete Award winner ... has two younger sisters, Rachel (18) and Rebecca (17). GETTING TO KNOW SARAH Sarah’s favorite musical artists are Macklemore and Ryan Lewis considers Mike Krzyzewski to be the greatest coach to ever live. Her favorite college team, other than Coast Guard, is the University of Washington and her favorite athlete is Ken Griffey Jr. If she could meet anyone, living or deceased, it would be President George Washington. CAREER STATS Year 2013 Total PLAYER BIOS GP 1 1 AVG .000 .000 AB 1 1 R 0 0 H 0 0 RBI 0 0 2B 0 0 3B 0 0 HR 0 0 SB-SBA 0-0 0-0 18 2014 ONLINE GUIDE 2013 RESULTS --- 22-17 (7-9 NEWMAC) Date Mar. 10 Mar. 10 Mar. 11 Mar. 11 Mar. 13 Mar. 13 Mar. 15 Mar. 15 Mar. 16 Mar. 16 Mar. 24 Mar. 26 Mar. 29 Mar. 30 Apr. 3 Apr. 5 Apr. 10 Apr. 13 Apr. 14 Apr. 17 Apr. 19 Apr. 20 Apr. 25 Apr. 27 Apr. 27 May 4 May 5 SOFTBALL HISTORY 2009 2010 2011 2012 Opponent vs. Skidmore vs. Washington College vs. Mount Union vs. Montclair State vs. St. Norbert vs. Bridgewater (Va.) vs. Transylvania vs. Marietta vs. Anderson (Ind.) vs. Rowan SMITH (DH) * at Trinity (Conn.) (DH) at MIT (DH) * WELLESLEY (DH) * at Wesleyan (Conn.) CLARK (DH) * WESTERN NEW ENGLAND (DH) at Babson (DH) * WPI (DH) * MANHATTANVILLE (DH) at Springfield (DH) * WHEATON (MASS.) (DH) * EASTERN CONNECTICUT STATE (DH) v. Babson - NEWMAC Tournament at Wheaton at Wheaton - NEWMAC Tournament at Springfield - NEWMAC Tournament v. Babson - NEWMAC Tournament at Springfield Result W, 11-0 (5) L, 0-13 (5) W, 4-1 L, 0-2 L, 7-8 L, 4-6 L, 4-7 W, 4-0 W, 4-3 W, 5-4 (8) W, 12-2 (5), W, 4-2 W, 9-3, W, 6-3 L, 2-10 (6), L, 1-4 L, 4-13 (5), W, 6-5 W, 6-4 W, 5-3, L, 5-7 (8) W, 9-3, W, 5-4 L, 0-2, L, 0-2 W, 10-0, W, 3-2 W, 2-0, W, 3-0 L, 2-8, L, 3-7 W, 8-0 (5), L, 11-15 W, 3-1, L, 2-8 W, 1-0 W, 3-2 L, 2-6 L, 5-6 (8) NCAA NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL FINALIST FINALIST THIRD PLACE THIRD PLACE ECAC TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES 1998 2002 2004 1999 2003 REVIEW & HISTORY NEWMAC TOURNAMENT Champions 2010 Finalists Appearances 2000 2002 2005 2009 2004 1999 2001 2003 2006 2013 2011 2012 SOFTBALL 19 2014 SCHEDULE March 9-15 March 9 March 9 March 11 March 11 March 12 March 12 March 14 March 14 March 15 March 15 MARCH 19 MARCH 23 MARCH 25 March 29 MARCH 30 APRIL 1 April 4 April 5 April 9 APRIL 11 April 12 APRIL 16 April 18 APRIL 19 April 23 April 25 - May 3 April 25 April 26 May 3 *Conference Game Home games in ALL CAPS at NTC Spring Games, Clermont, Fla. v. The College of New Jersey v. Penn St. - Behrend v. Anna Maria v. Richard Stockton v. Monmouth (Ill.) v. Mount Ida v. RPI v. St. Lawrence v. Washington & Jefferson v. Farmingdale State ROGER WILLIAMS (DH) SPRINGFIELD (DH) * TRINITY (CONN.) (DH) at WPI (dh) * WELLESLEY (DH) * WESLEYAN (CONN.) (DH) at Wheaton (Mass.) (dh) * at Babson (dh) * at Western New England (dh) MIT (DH) * at Clark (dh) * JOHNSON & WALES (DH) at Emerson (dh) * SMITH (DH) * at Eastern Connecticut State (dh) at NEWMAC Tournament NEWMAC Tournament NEWMAC Tournament NEWMAC Tournament 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 12:00 p..m. 3:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 3:00 P.M. 1:00 P.M. 3:00 P.M. 12:00 p.m. 12:00 P.M. 3:00 P.M. 3:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 3:00 P.M. 12:00 p.m. 3:00 P.M. 3:00 p.m. 12:00 P.M. 5:00 p.m.