Holly Aprile enters her seventh season as the head coach and her 12th season overall for the University of Pittsburgh softball program. Under the guidance of Aprile, the Panthers have established numerous school records and have seen multiple players accomplish unprecedented success.
University of Pittsburgh 2014
Recorded her first ACC victories over Virginia in a series sweep against the Cavaliers
Carly Thea and Tori Nirschl were named to the All-ACC conference team
Carly Thea was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All Mid-Atlantic Region second-team, which marked the first All-Region selection in Pitt Softball history.
Eight Panthers were named to the 2013-14 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I Scholar-Athlete List (NFCA)
Team finished with a record of 15-29 and 6-18 in their first ever season in the ACC
Tori Nirschl was named the Big East Rookie of the Year for the first time in program history
Saw 2013 graduate Holly Stevens become the most prolific player in program history. Stevens graduated as the all-time leader in home runs (34) and runs batted in (127)
Helped guide Savannah King to one of the best individual pitching season in history in 2012, including setting Pitt single-season marks in wins (19) and innings pitched (227.1)
The team ranked among the top of the Big East in several categories, including second in assists, third in triples and fifth in ERA
Team finished with a record of 26-26
Led Pitt to its best season in program history as numerous school records fell, both individually and as a team
The team finished with a 34-17 overall record and a 13-8 mark in Big East play. The 34 overall victories and 13 conference wins were both the most in school history
The Panthers won 10 of their final 13 games.
Four Panthers earned their first-ever All-Big East honors, a program record. Kelly Hmiel was selected the program's first-ever National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Player of the Week on March 15
Directed Pitt to a 27-25 finish
Received the highest seed ever at the Big East Tournament (No. 6)
Junior Alyssa O'Connell pitched her first-ever no-hitter in 9-0 win against St. Francis.
Became the second head coach in Pitt softball history in July, 2008.
Led the Panthers to a winning season in her first year as head coach (25-24)
University of Pittsburgh 2004-2008, Assistant Coach
Helped Pitt earn its first winning season in 2006 (32-27)
Played an instrumental role in the team earning its first winning record in the Big East conference in 2008 (12-10)
South Carolina 1995-2003, Assistant Coach
Helped guide the Gamecocks to seven NCAA Regional appearances and a College World Series berth in 1997
A pitcher/outfielder, Aprile was a four-time all-conference first team selection (1989-92) and twice was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year
Tabbed the 1992 A-10 Pitcher of the Year, 1989 A-10 Rookie of the Year and named the A-10 Tournament's outstanding pitcher twice (1989, 1992).
Played a pivotal role in leading UMass to its first trip to the College World Series in 1992, and closed her career with a then-school record 77 victories.
In honor of her achievements, she was inducted into the UMass Athletic Hall of Fame just three years after her graduation.
She was also a participant on the United States National Team from 1993-99, competing in the U.S. Olympic Festival (1993-97), Pan Am Qualifying (1994, 1997) and the South Pacific Classic (1998).
Graduated from UMass in 1992 with a degree in Sport Management
Earned her masters degree in political science, while working as a graduate assistant coach at Eastern Illinois University in 1995.
ALL-CONFERENCE HONOREES UNDER APRILE
Third Team All-Big East, 2010
Second Team All-Big East, 2011-12
Big East Rookie of the Year; Third Team All-Big East, 2013; Third Team All ACC, 2014
Third-Team All-Big East, 2011
Second Team All-Big East, 2011; Third Team All-Big East, 2012