Head Coach Cheryl Milligan
Tufts '95, '99
Medford, MA 02155
Phone: (617) 627-5241
Fax: (617) 627-3614
Record at Tufts: 308-108 (10 seasons through 2013)
Assistant Coach: Lauren Ebstein
The Tufts University Softball program is one of the best in New England under the direction of head coach Cheryl Milligan, now in her ninth season with the Jumbos. A 1995 Tufts graduate, Milligan has guided the Jumbos to three New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) titles and three NCAA Tournament berths. Her teams have a combined record of 221-98 for an excellent .693 winning percentage.
Tufts enjoyed one of the most successful seasons in NCAA Division III history in 2009. Their 44-3 final record is the eighth-best winning percentage (.936) since official NCAA softball records began with the 1982 season. The Jumbos won their third straight NESCAC title and captured the program's second NCAA New England Region crown that season. They finished fourth in the nation at the NCAA Championship in Montclair, New Jersey, and were ranked fourth in the final National Fast-pitch Coaches Association (NFCA) poll.
In 2009, Milligan was voted by her peers as the conference's Coach of the Year for the third straight year and for the fourth time in five years. Among the players Milligan recruited to the program, right fielder Maya Ripecky and designated player Lena Cantone were selected NFCA All-Americans, Lauren Gelmetti was voted NESCAC Pitcher of the Year, and center fielder Laura Chapman was selected NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year for 2009. Twelve individual and 11 team single-season records were tied or broken. In addition to being voted the conference's coach of the year, Milligan was also awarded New England Coach of the Year from the ECAC for 2009.
Six Jumbos have earned All-American honors during Milligan's tenure. She has also coached six NESCAC Players of the Year. Her 2005 Tufts team led the nation in home runs per game with a 1.20 average, currently the 13th-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.