Former UMass stand-out Kaila Holtz enters her fourth season as an assistant coach under Elaine Sortino and the first in her current role of volunteer assistant.
Holtz was a member of the Canadian National Team for four seasons and participated in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. At the 2003 Pan American Games, Holtz and Team Canada won the Silver Medal.
In four years on the UMass mound, Holtz went 75-25 with a 1.40 ERA. Her 75 career victories rank fourth all-time in school history while her ERA is ninth-lowest. Holtz tossed 92 complete games, including 35 shutouts, both good for second-best on the school's all-time chart. She hurled five career no-hitters and one perfect game. Holtz fanned 596 batters in her four years to also rank second in school history. She was a two-time Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Year, three-time NFCA All-Region selection, three-time A-10 All-Tournament team member and the MVP of the 2002 A-10 Championship.
Off the field, Holtz was a three-time Verizon Academic All-District first team member and was a first-team Academic All-American in 2003. She was among the recipients of an NCAA and Atlantic 10 Postgraduate Scholarship. She also compiled a .276 career batting average. She recorded 34 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs and 104 RBI. Holtz is currently pursuing her master's degree in Exercise Science at UMass.
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