NEW HEAD COACHES
Ashley Obrest Hired as Head Softball Coach
Former Eagles catcher assumes reigns of program
|Boston College Head Coach Ashley Obrest|
Aug. 8, 2011
Chestnut Hill, Mass. – Director of Athletics Gene DeFilippo announced Monday that former Boston College standout Ashley Obrest has been named the head coach of the Eagles softball team.
“We are very pleased to welcome Ashley back to Boston College,” DeFilippo said. “As a former Eagle, she is passionate about our softball program. She has done an outstanding job at Colgate, and we are confident she will do an outstanding job here at Boston College.”
Following a two-year stint as the assistant coach, Obrest was promoted to head coach of Colgate University in July 2010. This past year, the Elmwood Park, Ill. native set a school record for most wins by a first year head coach (27) and led the Raiders to a regular season Patriot League title with a 16-3 conference mark.
Colgate earned numerous honors under Obrest’s tutelage. Rachel LeCoq was voted the Patriot League Pitcher of the Year and a first team All-League selection en route to being named to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Northeast All-Region second team. Tera Vaughan was tabbed as the 2011 Patriot League Rookie of the Year, the NCAA Division I Hardest Person to Strike Out and was a first team All-Patriot League selection. The Raiders also had four Patriot League second team honorees and a quartet of Academic Honor Roll selections last season.
Prior to joining Colgate, Obrest has served as an assistant coach at Concordia University in Chicago and a private hitting and catching instructor for the Chicago White Sox Training Academy.
While at Boston College, Obrest was a four-year letter winner. The catcher was the first Eagles softball player to garner an ACC Player of the Week accolade. Obrest is still listed in the school’s record book for career runs batted in (95), as well as single-season on-base percentage (.423) and walks (28). The ’07 grad was also a part of numerous SAAC initiatives, including the Pen Pal Program, Food for Families and the hospital visitation programs.
Jake Schumann Introduced as FIU Softball Head Coach
MIAMI (July 29, 2011) – After four years at the helm of the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi softball team, Jake Schumann has been introduced as FIU softball’s third head coach, announced on Friday by FIU Executive Director of Sports and Entertainment, Pete Garcia.
“We are very excited and feel fortunate to be able to hire Jake Schumann, who brings a tremendous amount of experience and success,” Garcia said. “We feel that he will be able to take our softball program to even higher levels.”
“First, I want to thank Pete Garcia and Julie Berg for this opportunity,” Schumann said. “I’m very excited to continue to develop the program that Coach [Beth] Torina has built, and I feel as if I’m in a position to have success immediately. I’m very excited to be in South Florida and I’m looking forward to a new season of Panther softball.”
During his tenure at Texas A&M-CC, Schumann amassed a record of 120-104, improving his team’s win total every season, culminating with a 41-19 record and a Southland Conference Regular Season Championship in 2011. The team also advanced to the finals of the Southland Conference Tournament for the first time in school history this past season, as Schumann was named Southland Coach of the Year.
Additionally in 2011, Schumann became the Islanders’ all-time leader in wins, surpassing the previous mark of 112 held by Missy Dickerson. The 41 wins marked the second-most victories in school history behind a 42-11 ledger achieved by the 2005 squad.
In 2010, Schumann guided the Islanders to a 35-22 record and an appearance in the Southland Conference Tournament, marking TAMUCC’s first postseason appearance since joining the Southland Conference. The 35 wins are tied for the third-most in school history, matching the 2002 team’s win total, as the Islanders went 6-6 against teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament and had two wins over top-25 opponents with victories over No. 15 Texas and No. 21 Texas A&M.
Schumann came to TAMUCC from Texas A&M – Kingsville where he served as head coach for four seasons. In his final season, he guided the Javelinas to a 34-22 record and a trip to NCAA Regionals. He left TAMUK as the all-time winningest softball coach in school history with 120 victories.
During his time at Kingsville, Schumann guided the Javelinas to three 30-win seasons. He coached 19 All-Lone Star Conference players, as well as a Pitcher of the Year and the school’s first ever Player of the Year, in addition to the program’s first All-American.
Prior to arriving in Kingsville, Schumann spent two years as the head coach at Carl Albert State College (Okla.). Schumann inherited a squad that compiled a record of 19-35 the season before his arrival, and, with Schumann at the helm in 2002, Carl Albert went 31-23 and was the Region II runner-up. In 2003, the Vikings went 31-17 and finished third in the regional tournament while producing five all-region infielders.
Schumann began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant coach at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami, Okla. At Northeastern, Schumann assisted in all aspects of the program, including recruiting, budgeting, travel, on-field instruction, classroom monitoring and field maintenance. Northeastern posted a 101-16 record in his two seasons with the squad and, in 2000, the team finished third in the nation. In four seasons at Northeastern, Schumann coached 19 all-region players and six All-Americans.
In addition to his numerous coaching duties, Schumann has served as an athletic coordinator for the National Youth Sports Program sponsored by the NCAA.
Schumann is a native of Maplewood, Minn. He played baseball for two years at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M before transferring to Ball State University. Schumann received his Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from St. Xavier University in Chicago, Ill., and also owns a Secondary Social Studies Certification from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minn.
Schumann received his master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Texas A&M University-Kingsville in May 2006 and is married to the former Julie Campbell. The couple has two daughters, eight-year old Jenna and three-year old Isla Jade.