Amherst College has announced Whitney Mollica Goldstein has been named as the program's softball interim head coach following two seasons as an assistant. Mollica Goldstein was a four-year standout at UMass from 2006-09, where she was a three-time all-Atlantic 10 selection and the 2006 A-10 Rookie and Player of the Year.
Here is an excerpt from Amherst's release:
Mollica Goldstein played a pivotal role in helping Amherst transform from a 14-16 team in 2011 to a 36-6 team in 2012, marking the 10th best single-season improvement in NCAA Division III history. Last year's Amherst squad got off to a 22-0 start en route to its first playoff berth since 2006, its first NCAA tournament appearance since 1999, and its first NFCA national ranking since 2000.
"I would like to thank Athletics Director Suzanne Coffey and the administration for allowing me this very exciting opportunity," said Mollica Goldstein. "I am very fortunate to work alongside great people who have made my time at Amherst so welcoming. I have enjoyed being a part of such a special institution where a healthy blend of academics and athletics allows us to compete on a national scale in all aspects."
Amherst saw drastic one-year improvements in virtually every statistical category last year, including batting average (from .264 in 2011 to .324 in 2012), earned run average (2.88 to 1.86) and fielding percentage (.945 to .959). Eleven players from the 2012 team will return next year--including the entire pitching staff--with four members of the Class of 2016 also ready to join the squad.
"I'm excited about the future of Amherst Softball," Mollica Goldstein said. "With a focus on strong pitching, timely hitting, and solid defense, I think our 2013 squad will bring the passion, mentality, and drive for a successful season. Last year helped ignite the fire we needed to continually push for postseason play."