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Jennifer Teague

 
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Jennifer Teague enters her sixth season as head coach of the Columbia softball program.

She was named the third head coach in program history in July of 2014. Teague was the former head coach at the University of Buffalo and assistant coach at Michigan State.

Teague led the Lions to a record season in 2019 and was named Ivy League Coach of the Year. Columbia finished the campaign with an overall record of 24-21, including a 15-6 mark in Ivy League play, setting a new program record for Ivy League wins for the second year in a row. Columbia's second-place finish in the regular season standings was its highest in the team's 20-year history and earned the Lions their first ever trip to the Ivy League Playoff Series. The Lions also put together back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 2001-02.

On the way to the team's unprecedented success in 2019, Columbia led the Ivy League through the regular season in runs (206), home runs (31), RBIs (180) and walks (123). Additionally, Teague coached seven Lions to All-Ivy League honors, including a program-record four first-team selections and five combined first- and second-team honorees. First-year pitcher Alexa Pinarski went 13-9 to win the second-most games by a Lion rookie, while also becoming the first rookie to earn First Team All-Ivy League honors in 16 years. Junior third baseman Max Ortega tied the team record for RBIs (40) to earn her first-team accolades. Meanwhile, fellow first-team selections Maria Pagane and Sommer Grzybek went on to earn NFCA All-Region honors, marking the first time in Columbia history two Lions were named to an all-region team.

The team's 2019 success came on the heels of a 2018 season that saw Teague's Lions go 21-19, 13-8 Ivy League, posting their first overall winning season since 2002 and first winning Ivy League season in program history. Along the way, Columbia set eight statistical offensive team records: batting average (.303), slugging percentage (.506), runs (244), triples (12), home runs (48), RBIs (218), total bases (573) and walks (131). Senior Taylor Troutt was named Ivy League Player of the Year, garnering the program's first Player of the Year honor. Troutt set new program single-season records in batting average (.455), slugging percentage (.797) and on-base percentage (.507).