Jimmy Kolaitis

Arizona State softball head coach Trisha Ford announced the hire of Jimmy Kolaitis as the new assistant coach for Sun Devil Softball on July 1, 2020.

"We are extremely excited to have Jimmy join our staff," Ford said. "He brings a wealth of knowledge and will be a huge asset for us from the recruiting standpoint. He will continue our focus on getting the best local talent here to ASU and has extensive ties across the nation. Jimmy is well known in the softball world, but more importantly, his current and former players love playing for him."

Kolaitis boasts a resume filled with elite softball that includes Pac-12 Conference Championships, four trips to the Women's College World Series, a National Pro Fastpitch League Championship, and nearly 20 years of coaching experience.

"Jimmy has been successful everywhere he has been, and we can't wait to start preparing for the upcoming season. It's a great day for ASU softball," Ford continued.

The Alabama native makes the move to Sun Devil Country after two seasons as the head softball coach at the University of Alabama Birmingham. Although, Kolaitis is no stranger to the West Coast and served as an assistant coach at the University of Oregon for five seasons before taking the helm at UAB.

"I am extremely excited about coming back to the Pac-12. I'm also very grateful to Coach Ford for allowing me this opportunity at ASU," Kolaitis said. "I have known this staff for quite a while and know that they are great coaches and even better people. I look forward to this new journey and helping this program get to another national championship."

Kolaitis led the UAB squad to a 34-42 record in two seasons, including a 15-11 mark in the shortened 2020 season. Kolaitis took over the program in 2018 and immediately enhanced the team's offensive attack. The Blazers connected more at the plate under Kolaitis, amounting in UAB scoring more runs and hitting for more doubles and RBI. With his leadership, UAB attained an improved batting average and slugging percentage while cutting strikeouts by more than half in his first season.

Kolaitis returned to his Alabama roots after five seasons in the Pac-12 Conference at Oregon as an assistant softball coach, recruiting coordinator and hitting coach. During Kolaitis' tenure, the Ducks compiled a 256-42-1 record, won four Pac-12 Conference Championships, finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in the nation in 2014, 2015, and 2018 and made four trips to the Women's College World Series.