The Oakland Golden Grizzlies have a new head softball coach.
Former Pittsburgh assistant Lauren Cognigni has been named to lead the Golden Grizzlies. She joins the program after three seasons at Pitt, during which time she helped guide the Panther pitching staff through the first NCAA tournament appearance in program history.
Under her tutelage, the Pitt pitchers averaged a 4.01 cumulative ERA during her tenure with the Panthers, including Brittany Knight and Kayla Harris, who combined for 170 innings of work last season and assembled a 4.09 ERA between them with 127 strikeouts.
Prior to Pitt, Cognigni served as an assistant at Delaware for three years and Marist for four, as well as at Saint Joseph’s, her alma mater, in 2008 and 2009.
As a player, Cognigni made her mark in the circle for St. Joseph’s, as she ended her career with a program all-time record 534 strikeouts. She played for the Hawks from 2005-08.
At Oakland, Cognigni takes over a program that posted a 20-26 record in 2017, including a 13-12 mark in conference play. The Golden Grizzlies assembled eighty-three wins over the past five seasons, a time frame that included an NCAA tournament appearance and conference title in 2015.