Jen Chamberlin enters her third season on the Pitt softball coaching staff. She works primarily with the infielders and hitters, while also assisting with recruiting, planning practices, film and the team's social media presence.
Chamberlin, who was a standout infielder at future ACC opponent N.C. State, was a three-time ACC All-Conference honoree and a 2007 all-region selection.
A four-year starter at third base for the Wolfpack (2004-07), Chamberlin concluded her career with a .303 batting average, 225 hits, 49 home runs and 155 RBI. She also holds program records in home runs, RBI, total bases (407), slugging percentage (.549), on-base percentage (.404) and games played (258).
Chamberlin is also ranked among the top five in several single-season records at N.C. State, including second overall in on-base percentage (.438), assists (137) and games played (71).
In Chamberlin's first season (2011) on the Panthers' coaching staff, Pitt etched numerous school records at the plate. The Panthers held a collective .287 batting average, 51 home runs, .466 slugging percentage and 609 total bases, and led the Big East with 13 triples. Additionally, the team's home run total, slugging percentage, triples and walks per game ranked among the NCAA top-50.
Pitt's .287 batting average was an impressive improvement upon the .232 hitting percentage in the prior season. In 2011, four Panthers batted above .300 - the most since the 2006 season when three members of the squad held that accomplishment.
That same year, Chamberlin assisted Kelly Hmiel in one of the most remarkable seasons by a Pitt player. The All-Big East slugger broke numerous single-season school records, including batting average, slugging percentage, runs batted in and total bases. Hmiel's 15 home runs tied a program record and the regular season Big East high, while ranking 38th in the nation. She also was among the NCAA top-50 with her .786 slugging percentage, home runs per game and runs batted in per game.
Reba Tutt, another all-conference selection, had a a tremendous final season under Chamberlin's guidance. Tutt posted career highs in almost every offensive category during her senior campaign, including a .320 batting average, 15 doubles, eight home runs and six triples. Tutt's holds the single-season record for runs scored, triples and walks as a result, as well as, career runs scored and walks. She led the Big East and was the eighth-best among all Division I players in triples.
On the defensive side, the team's .972 fielding percentage was second in the Big East and 23rd in the NCAA. The team committed just 42 errors - the fewest in Panther history.
In 2012, Chamberlin guided junior Holly Stevens to the school record in career home runs (27) after blasting nine long balls during her junior campaign. Stevens also improved to third overall in career RBI, boasting 97 after three seasons.
Prior to Pitt, Chamberlin served as an assistant coach at Saint Mary's College (Calif.) during the 2010 season. Her responsibilities included instructing the infield and hitting fundamentals, as well as practice planning and all aspects of the recruiting process.
A native of San Mateo, Calif., Chamberlin has also coached at Coastal Carolina (2009) and her alma mater N. C. State (2008).
After earning a degree in sports management in 2007, Chamberlin played for the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Champion Washington Glory alongside U.S. Olympian and 2007 USA Collegiate Softball Player of the Year Monica Abbott.
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