Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Stanford Hires Allister as Head Coach

Graphic via Stanford Athletics

Stanford has hired alumnus Jessica Allister to be the program's new head coach.

Allister, who most recently was head coach at Minnesota and led the Golden Gophers to the 2017 Big 10 regular season and tournament championships, is a Stanford alum. She played for the Cardinal from 2001-2004 and earned all-American honors in her senior season as a catcher. During her time as a student-athlete with the Cardinal, Allister's squad twice appeared in the Women's College World Series.

At Minnesota, Allister was responsible for leading the Golden Gophers to the top of the Big 10 conference. Under her watch, the Gophers finished the 2017 season 56-5 and won the regular-season championship, as well as the conference tournament title. The program was, at one point, ranked #1 in the nation, but the Gophers were eliminated in the regional round of the NCAA tournament after controversially failing to earn a hosting bid as a top-16 seeded team.

Allister owns a career 290-107 win-loss record, a .730 winning percentage over seven seasons, all at Minnesota.

Prior to her hiring to lead the Golden Gophers, Allister was an assistant coach at Georgia and Oregon, as well as a three-year stint at Stanford from 2007 to 2009. Each school reached the postseason during Allister's time with the club.

Allister's resume also includes a two-year stint as a player in the National Pro Fastpitch league as a member of the New England Riptide, where she played from 2004-05.

At Stanford, Allister replaces Rachel Hanson who resigned last week to accept a position at a St. Louis-based non-profit. The Cardinal finished 19-32 in 2017 and ended the year in last place in the PAC-12 standings for the third consecutive season.

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