Kristi Stefanoni

Head Coach

Season at Massachusetts: 13th (sixth as head coach)
Alma Mater: Massachusetts, 2006

Kristi Stefanoni enters her sixth season at the helm of the Massachusetts softball program. She served as interim head coach for the 2014 season and officially took the helm in June 2014. The 2019 campaign marks will mark her 13th overall season in Amherst.

After a standout playing career for her mentor and former UMass head coach Elaine Sortino, Stefanoni spent seven years on the Minutewomen coaching staff, moving from director of operations to assistant coach and to associate head coach in 2013.

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Chelsea Plimpton

Assistant Coach

Season at Massachusetts: Fourth
Alma Mater: Fordham, 2011

Chelsea Plimpton enters her fourth season as the pitching coach with the Minutewomen after previously coaching at Towson, Fordham and Marist.
 
In 2018, Plimpton helped coach freshman Kiara Oliver to an Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Year honor as the UMass pitching staff put together a 2.37 ERA compared to a 3.05 ERA the season prior. Oliver finished with a perfect 11-0 mark and a 0.77 ERA in A-10 play on her way to leading the league in wins with 18 and strikeouts with 173.

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Ronnie Gajownik

Assistant Coach

Season at Massachusetts: Second
Alma Mater: USF, 2015

Ronnie Gajownik enters her second season with the University of Massachusetts softball program after joining the team in July of 2017 as an assistant coach following a two-year stint as a graduate assistant at Liberty. She brings with her a diverse background of collegiate and international playing experience and enters her first season with the Minutewomen in 2018.
 

 

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