Jen Goodwin

As she begins her seventh season at the helm of the Yale softball program in 2018-19, Jen Goodwin has the Bulldogs on the rise.

Yale has improved its Ivy League record from the previous season in three of the last four years. In 2017, the Bulldogs finished with their best Ivy League record since 2009 and entered the last day of the regular season still in contention for the North Division title. Five players from the 2017 team earned All-Ivy recognition, the most selections for Yale since 2011.

Goodwin made an immediate impact when she arrived in New Haven. In her first year, she led a squad that belted a school record 31 home runs. Goodwin also mentored catcher Sarah Onorato, who had one of the finest seasons in school history. Onorato was named the Ivy League Player of the Year, the first Yale player to win the award since Seema Hingorani in 1991.

In 2015, Goodwin led a team that featured five freshmen or sophomores in the regular lineup to 11 victories.

The Bulldogs also have shined in the classroom under Goodwin, earning All-Academic Team honors from the NFCA three times and had numerous players earn academic honors from CoSIDA, the NFCA and the Ivy League.

Prior to Yale, Goodwin spent two years as the Assistant Executive Director for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. At the NFCA, her primary duties included managing the curriculum for the Association’s Coaches College, developing the NFCA’s new recruiting tournaments, which launched in the summer of 2011, and serving as the director of the StrikeOut Cancer program which raised more the $250,000 in two years.

Goodwin has extensive Ivy League coaching experience. She spent two years as an assistant at Harvard, recruiting two-time Ivy League Pitcher of the Year Rachel Brown and helping guide the Crimson to the 2007 Ivy League title, and was Dartmouth’s interim head coach in 2004.

“I truly believe in the Ivy League philosophy and all that it stands for and couldn’t be more excited with all that Yale has to offer," Goodwin said.

In her two years as an assistant to Jenny Allard at Harvard, the Crimson won 56 games, including a 28-12 mark in Ivy League play, and captured the North Division title each year. In 2007, Harvard advanced to the NCAA Tournament, dropping a pair of one-run games at the Hofstra Regional. In addition to recruiting Brown, who holds virtually every Harvard pitching record, Goodwin worked closely with Harvard’s hitters, who improved in every statistical category both years.