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Jaime Wohlbach begins her fifth season as the University of Delaware softball head coach during the 2015 season.
Wohlbach (pronounced "wall-bock"), immediately began to turn the Blue Hen program around during her first season in Newark, leading Delaware to the CAA Tournament for the first time since 2006. The Blue Hens finished 21-34 overall and placed fourth in the league with a 10-11 conference mark.
Michelle McKinnon, Gina Knutson and Amanda Stacevicz each earned second team All-CAA honors during Wohlbach's first year, while McKinnon was also a CAA All-Rookie Team selection.
Delaware finished 15-41-1 during the 2012 campaign, and again placed fourth in the CAA to qualify for the league tournament. The Blue Hens then produced a record-setting 2013 season by winning 35 games, the second most in program history and one shy of the school record set in 2000. UD established a new record by winning nine consecutive league games, while their 12 conference wins rank second in program history.
The Blue Hens earned the third seed in the CAA Tournament, advancing to postseason play during each of Wohlbach’s first three seasons at UD. The stretch marked the first time since 2002-04 that Delaware had participated in the CAA Tournament during three consecutive seasons.
UD had a tremendous year at the plate in 2013, setting school single season records with 236 runs scored, 427 hits and 72 doubles, while the Blue Hens' 20 home runs were tied for second most in a UD single season.
Individually, second team All-CAA selection Jessica Grisler set a new UD single season mark with 39 runs scored, while her 69 hits rank second in a single season.
Delaware went 23-25 during the 2014 season, while the team’s 64 stolen bases were the second most in school history. During a 23-2 win over UMES the Blue Hens set a school single game record with 20 RBI, tied the school record with 20 hits, and tied for second with 23 runs scored.
Freshman Giovanna Kolofer tied the UD single game record with four runs scored, while Carolyn Szymanski tied the school record with three doubles. Szymanski also fired a no-hitter against Monmouth, the 15th in UD history and the first since 2006.
Following the season freshmen Kolofer, Szymanski and Sarah Bencivenga were each named to the CAA All-Rookie Team, the first time in school history UD had three honorees in one year.
Wohlbach currently serves on the Head Coaches Committee for the CAA, and served on the NCAA Rules Committee from 2012-13.
Wohlbach appeared as a catcher for the USA team in the 2010 movie "How Do You Know," directed by James L. Brooks and starring Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson and Jack Nicholson.
Wohlbach earned a Bachelor's degree with honors in Elementary Education and Special Education in 2000 and a Master's degree in student affairs of higher education in 2002 from Kutztown (Pa.) University.
Wohlbach arrived at Delaware following three seasons at the helm of Iona, where she turned around the Gaels' program as well. She guided a squad that had not posted a winning season in five years to one that captured the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title in 2010 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in the program's 25-year history.
She was named the MAAC Coach of the Year in 2010 when she coached the league Pitcher and Rookie of the Year. Over her final two seasons at Iona she coached nine all-conference selections, two league Rookie of the Year winners, an All-Region selection, and an ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-American. Additionally, Wohlbach also served as the HCC for the MAAC in 2010.
Prior to joining the Gaels, Wohlbach served as an assistant coach at Lehigh University in 2006-07, working as the team's hitting and catcher's coach while also assisting in practice sessions and strength and conditioning workout programs. She began her college coaching career as a student assistant at NCAA Division II Kutztown in 2000-01, volunteer assistant at NCAA Division III Muhlenberg College in 1999-2001 and at Lehigh in 2001-02, and as an assistant at the University of Pennsylvania in 2002-03.
Since 2002, Wohlbach has run a national and international softball clinic called Fastpitch Performance. The camps and clinics have provided instruction for all levels of the game and have taken her all over the world, including the United Kingdom, Switzerland, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Czech Republic, Belgium and Australia. Her international reputation has garnered her contacts and recognition from both amateur and professional organizations and sponsors.
Wohlbach's coaching and instructing experience came during the off season of her extensive international playing career. Her professional resume in the United States began after graduating from Kutztown University in 2000. She signed with the Tampa Bay FireStix in the former Women's Professional Softball League for the 2001 season. Wohlbach moved on to the National Pro Fastpitch League where she was selected in the fourth round of the December 2003 draft by the California Sunbirds, a team located in Sacramento, Calif. She played for the independent league Nebraska Comets before returning to the NPF's Philadelphia Force for the 2006 season.
While playing professionally in the U.S., Wohlbach also played for and coached several professional teams in Europe. She has excelled at the international level throughout the world, including tours in the Czech Republic and a stop in Great Britain. In 2004 and 2005 she played professionally in New Zealand and on a world all-star select team, which included players from New Zealand, Australia, Japan, South Africa and the United States.
Earlier in 2004, Wohlbach played for the Great Britain National Team in Athens as a test run to the 2004 Athens Olympics; winning a gold medal by defeating Russia, the Czech Republic and Greece. From 2001-2004, Wohlbach coached an 18-under USA All-Star team in Australia as a follow-up to the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She also played professionally in the Netherlands, Czech Republic and Greece, and coached a youth all-star team in Italy.
Wohlbach was a four-year standout at Kutztown, serving as a three-time team captain and becoming the first graduate of her school to play a professional sport. She earned All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference honors as a catcher during her junior and senior campaigns as well as being named to the All-Region Team in 2000. She was the team's Most Valuable Player in 1999 as well as a nominee for the school's Female Athlete of the Year.
|Year||School||Overall Record||Conference Record||Highlights|
|2010||Iona||28-26||13-3 (T-1st)||MAAC Champions
MAAC Coach of the Year
|2011||Delaware||21-34||10-11 (4th)||CAA Tournament|
|2012||Delaware||15-41-1||8-12 (4th)||CAA Tournament|
|2013||Delaware||35-22||12-9 (4th)||CAA Tournament|
|Totals||Iona (3 yrs.)||54-85 (.388)||24-22 (.522)||-|
|Totals||UD (4 yrs.)||94-122-1 (.435)||35-44 (.443)||-|
|Totals||7 Years||148-207-1 (.417)||59-66 (.472)||-|