Lauren Ebstein was named Interim Head Coach of the Jumbos in November 2018 after Cheryl Milligan stepped down following 15 years as the leader of the Jumbos.
Formerly the Associate Head Coach of Tufts Softball, Ebstein is a 2007 graduate of Tufts who pitched for the Jumbos. She returned to the coaching staff in 2014 and served as Associate Head Coach since 2015. She was a member of two National Fast-pitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Coaching Staffs of the Year when the Jumbos won national championships in 2014 and 2015. The 2015 team she helped coach finished 51-0.
The Jumbos have played in the NCAA Tournament four of the five seasons that Ebstein has been on staff, and won NESCAC Championships in 2014 and 2015. She spent two years working with Allyson Fournier, a four-time All-American, two-time Honda Award winner and the first Division III player to play in the National Pro Fastpitch League.
Prior to returning to Tufts, Ebstein spent one season at Valparaiso University, working with the pitcher and catchers during the Crusaders' 2013 Horizon League Championship. The Crusaders won the Horizon League Championship and played in the Ann Arbor Regional at nationally-ranked Michigan, winning the program’s first ever NCAA tournament game. Under her guidance, a freshman pitcher was ranked 16th in Division I in strikeouts per seven innings, broke the school’s single-season strikeout record and finished the regular season leading the Horizon League in era and strikeouts.
During two seasons at Colgate, Ebstein helped the Raiders to a 28-11 mark in Patriot League play, including the conference regular-season title in 2011. She coached the Patriot League Pitcher of the Year in 2011 and three All-Conference pitchers during her two years on staff in addition to ten total All-Conference honorees. Colgate pitchers were selected as the Patriot League Pitcher of the Week seven times.
Prior to her stint at Colgate, Ebstein was an assistant at Tufts for two seasons, including serving on staff in 2009 when the Jumbos finished in fourth place at the Division III College World Series. Part of the NFCA Division III New England Region Coaching Staff of the Year in 2009, she helped coach a pair of conference championship teams and 14 All-NESCAC honorees over her two seasons on staff, including a NESCAC Pitcher of the Year and two NFCA All-Americans.
A 2007 graduate of Tufts, Ebstein was a four-year letter winner for the Jumbos and was on the NESCAC Championship in 2007. She appeared in three NCAA Regionals during her time wearing brown and blue. A captain her senior year, Ebstein graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English and psychology and earned her master’s degree in journalism from Boston University in January 2009.
Ebstein will take over a Tufts team that finished 32-10 last season and advanced to the NCAA Regional Championship game.