HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac University Director of Athletics and Recreation Jack McDonald has announced that Jill Karwoski will be promoted to softball head coach, effective immediately. Karwoski was previously hired as the interim head softball coach on Aug. 26, 2013. She will be the seventh head coach in program history and the third at the Division I level.
"Jill brings a wealth of playing and coaching knowledge to our student-athletes at Quinnipiac," McDonald said. "Her coaching experiences in the Big East and the ACC has already given our team excellent Division I leadership and insight. The entire athletic department staff looks forward to working with Jill"
At the program's helm since this past summer, Karwoski has begun the process of rebuilding the program, which started with the hiring of assistant coaches Bill Vasko and Sarah Emery. The Bobcats will open their 2014 season on Feb. 28 against Oakland University and Campbell University at the USF Under Armour Invitational in Clearwater, Fla.
"I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that has been presented to me here at Quinnipiac," Karwoski said. "With the continued support of our administrators, I intend to continue to develop a culture of trust and provide an environment in which our student athletes can achieve competitive excellence both on the field and in the classroom."
Karwoski came to Quinnipiac from Providence College where she served as an assistant coach for the Friars in 2012-13. Prior to joining Providence, Karwoski was the head coach at Merrimack College for the 2011-12 season.
Karwoski's appointment at Merrimack came after four years as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at Boston College, a position she held from 2007 through 2011. While at Boston College, Karwoski aided in the recruitment of three All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) players and Boston College's first ACC Freshman of the Year in program history. In addition, the Eagles posted all-time program high's in home runs, slugging percentage, runs scored and total bases.
Prior to her stint at Boston College, Karwoski was the head coach at Morehead State University of the Ohio Valley Conference. From 2004 through 2007, Karwoski put together a squad that featured 10 All-Ohio Valley Conference selections, one OVC Pitcher of the Year, while individual student-athletes broke a combined 11 school batting records. In addition, as a team, Morehead broke several program records. In the classroom, MSU was ranked above the national average in the NCAA Academic Progress Report while posting a 3.30 grade-point average during her time as the program's head coach.
Karwoski graduated from Lewis University, in Romeoville, Ill., in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in sport management with a minor in coaching. As a four-year letterwinner at Lewis, Karwoski was named to the 2001 NFCA All-Region Team while also earning All-Tournament honors. In addition, she was a two-time team Most Valuable Player and a four-time NFCA Academic All American. In 2001, she was named Lewis' Sport Management Senior of the Year. She also suited up for the women's basketball team for two seasons. Karwoski also graduated from Morehead State with a master's degree in sports and recreation administration in 2002.
Since its first season of varsity competition in 1976, the Quinnipiac softball team has had six different head coaches. Donna O'Brien was the program's first coach for the 1976-77 before Jack Hague took over from 1977 through 1983. Allison Rioux led the Braves for the 1984-85 and 1985-86 seasons before Frank Kafka was named the program's head coach for the 1986-87 season. Kafka led the Bobcats for 12 seasons before retiring in 1998. Maribeth Clifford was the first Division I coach in program history, coaching just one season – 1998-99 – before Germaine Fairchild was hired for the 1999-2000 season.
Quinnipiac University: Jill Karwoski promoted from interim head softball coach to head softball coach.