Kristi Stefanoni out as UMass softball coach

  • UMass Head Coach Kristi Stefanoni works third base against George Washington, George Washington, Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Sortino Field.

Published: 6/3/2021 9:29:30 PM

Kristi Stefanoni is no longer the UMass softball coach, the school announced Thursday. 

She led the Minutewomen since 2014 and amassed a 167-158-1 record, going 90-49-1 in Atlantic 10 play. Stefanoni joined the UMass program as a member of  Elaine Sortino’s staff in 2007.

“I want to thank Kristi for her time as a UMass student-athlete, assistant coach and head coach for the last 19 years combined,” UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford said in a release. “She cares deeply for UMass softball and worked hard to lead our heralded program after the passing of legendary mentor Elaine Sortino. We wish Kristi well in her future endeavors.”

UMass went 16-17 last season, finishing 12-12 in A-10 play – outside the top four spots to qualify for a condensed conference tournament. It was the Minutewomen’s first season under .500 since 2015.

The Minutewomen never reached the NCAA Tournament under Stefanoni. Their last berth was in 2012.

A national search for the next coach is currently underway, according to the release.

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