Head Coach Cheryl Milligan
Tufts '95, '99
Medford, MA 02155
Phone: (617) 627-5241
Fax: (617) 627-3614
Record at Tufts: 355-112 (11 seasons through 2014)
Assistant Coach: Lauren Ebstein
The Tufts University Softball program has become one of the most successful Division III teams in the nation under the direction of head coach Cheryl Milligan, now in her 11th season. A 1995 Tufts graduate, Milligan guided the Jumbos to their first NCAA championship last spring and has the program enjoying an impressive run of national success.
Entering the 2014 season, Milligan has coached the Jumbos into the NCAA Finals for three of the last five seasons (2009, 2012, 2013). The 2012 team finished tied for fifth nationally and the 2009 squad was fourth. During those years, Tufts had remarkable records of 44-3 (.936) in 2009, 41-7 (.854) in 2012 and 46-3 (.939) last year. The 2009 and 2013 records are among the top 15 of the all-time NCAA Div. III single-season winning percentages.
Tufts was the first New England team to win the NCAA Softball Championship since Eastern Connecticut State University in 1990. The Jumbos completed an undefeated run through the 2013 NCAA Division III Tournament by winning 6-5 over Cortland on May 20, 2013 at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire's Gelein Field. Coach Milligan and her staff were recognized as both the New England Region and National Coaching Staff of the Year at the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) convention in December 2013.
By virtue of the NCAA Finals berths, Tufts has won three NCAA Regional championships during Milligan's tenture. They have also earned five New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crowns. Milligan was named NESCAC Coach of the Year for the second year in a row and for the sixth time of her career.Her teams have a combined record of 308-108 record for an excellent .740 winning percentage.
The Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) presented Allyson Fournier, a sophomore pitcher recruited to Tufts by Coach Milligan and her staff, with the Honda Sports Award as NCAA Division III Athlete of the Year. Fournier was a NFCA First Team All-American for the second straight year. Nine Jumbos have earned All-American honors during Milligan's tenure. She has also coached seven NESCAC Players of the Year. Her 2005 Tufts team led the nation in home runs per game with a 1.20 average, currently the 18th-best single-season mark NCAA Div. III history.
A four-year starter at shortstop and an assistant coach for six years at Tufts, Milligan was promoted to head coach of the Jumbos in July 2003. She played every inning of the 120 games during her Tufts softball career. Her .377 career batting average is fifth all-time, and she is fifth on the team’s career runs scored list with 119. Milligan was a member of the class that vaulted the softball program into annual post-season contention. The 1995 team hosted and won the ECAC North Championship, finishing 31 wins.