Aug. 25, 2014
PITTSBURGH – University of Pittsburgh softball head coach Holly Aprile has announced the addition of Lauren Cognigni as the new assistant coach for the women’s softball team. She will work primarily with the pitchers.
“We couldn’t be happier to add Lauren to our coaching staff,” Aprile said. “She will bring great experience to the team as both a successful, former student-athlete and pitching coach."
Prior to Pitt, Cognigni served as the assistant coach for the University of Delaware Blue Hens from 2012-2014. She helped the Blue Hens finish fourth in the Colonial Athletic Association with a 35-22 record in 2013.
Specializing in pitching and outfielding, Cognigni coached a Blue Hens pitcher Chenxi Jiao from a 3.31 ERA (2012) to a 2.15 ERA (2013.) She also helped three Blue Hens pitchers achieve Colonial Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week, CAA Rookie of the Week and one player named to the 2014 Colonial Athletic Association All Rookie Team. Among her successes at Delaware, Cognigni also coached the team from a 4.23 ERA in 2012 to a 2.79 ERA in 2013, which ranked third in the conference.
“Lauren is highly knowledgeable when it comes to the pitching position as well as the work ethic and dedication required to succeed at the collegiate level,” added Aprile. “She is well prepared to lead our staff to new heights.”
She also served as the assistant coach at Marist College from 2009-2012. While at Marist, Cognigni helped the team improve from a 5.71 ERA and a 10-35 record in 2010 to a 3.79 ERA and a 33-22 winning record in 2011. She also assisted the team in finishing eighth in the Metro Atlantic Conference in 2010 to finishing second in 2011.
Cognigni was the assistant coach at Saint Joesph’s University, prior to Marist, from 2008-2009 and also worked as the assistant coach for the New Jersey Breakers where she worked directly with the pitchers.
She spent her college years as a pitcher for Saint Joesph’s softball team. In 2006, Cognigni broke the single season strikeout record with 186 K’s which currently ranks third in the record books. Two years later in 2008 she broke the career strikeout record with 534 strikeouts, currently ranking second in the history books. Cognigni pitched one of two perfect games in school history and helped lead the team to the Atlantic-10 Conference Tournament in 2005 and 2008.
In addition to her success on the field, she graduated from Saint Joesph’s University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English.
Cognigni’s sister, Niki, played for Pitt softball from 2008-2011.