Providence College Names Jill Karwoski Head Softball Coach

July 2, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Providence College Athletics Director Bob Driscoll announced today (July 2) that Jill Karwoski has been named the head coach of the softball team.  Karwoski comes to Providence after spending the last five years as the head coach of the softball team at Quinnipiac University.  It will mark her second stint with the Friars as she served as a volunteer assistant coach at Providence in 2012-13.

"We are excited to have Jill come back to Friartown and lead our softball program," Driscoll said.  "She has 10 years of head coaching experience and she has recruited at the highest level in the ACC.  We believe we have one of the top facilities in the conference and with Jill's leadership we can become one of the top programs in the Northeast and compete for the BIG EAST title." 

In addition to her experience at Quinnipiac, Karwoski also served as a head coach at Merrimack College (2011-12) and Morehead State (2004-07).  At Morehead, Karwoski's teams featured 10 All-Ohio Valley Conference selections, one OVC Pitcher of the Year, while individual student-athletes broke a combined 11 school batting records. In addition, as a team, Morehead broke several program records. In the classroom, MSU was ranked above the national average in the NCAA Academic Progress Report while posting a 3.30 grade-point average during her time as the program's head coach.

Prior to serving as the head coach at Merrimack, she was the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at Boston College from 2007-11. While at Boston College, Karwoski helped recruit three All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) players and Boston College's first ACC Freshman of the Year in program history. In addition, the Eagles posted all-time program high's in home runs, slugging percentage, runs scored and total bases.

"I could not be more excited and grateful for this opportunity to return to Friartown as the next head softball coach," Karwoski said.  "I strongly believe Bob and I share a similar vision that success is built around strong core values, talented athletes and dynamic students. Providence softball is rich in tradition, resources and Friar pride.  It is my mission to instill a championship mindset, which will lead to a promising future in the Big East.  I would like to personally express my gratitude to Bob Driscoll, Jill LaPoint and members of the search committee for believing in my passion and allowing me to return to the Friar family for a second time. I plan to hit the ground running and make an immediate impact."

Karwoski graduated from Lewis University, in Romeoville, Ill., in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in sport management and a minor in coaching. As a four-year letterwinner at Lewis, Karwoski was named to the 2001 NFCA All-Region Team while also earning All-Tournament honors. In addition, she was a two-time team Most Valuable Player and a four-time NFCA Academic All American. In 2001, she was named Lewis' Sport Management Senior of the Year. She also played for the women's basketball team for two seasons.  Karwoski also earned a master's degree in sports and recreation administration from Morehead State in 2002.



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