Former Arizona standout and Team USA ace Danielle O’Toole has been named the new pitching coach at San Diego, the school announced earlier this week.
O’Toole, who graduated from Arizona earlier in 2017, finished her career in Tucson after spending her first two seasons at San Diego State. While at SDSU, O’Toole was named the Mountain West’s Pitcher of the Year in 2014 and twice earned all-MW conference honors.
After sitting out a season once she transferred to Arizona, O’Toole quickly became one of the conference’s and nation’s elite, as she posted a cumulative 1.69 ERA during her two seasons as a Wildcat and opposing batters hit just .201 against her. She also gathered more than 400 strikeouts during her pair of seasons in a UA jersey.
To cap her collegiate career, O’Toole was named the PAC-12’s Pitcher of the Year in 2017 and was a top ten finalist for the National Player of the Year award.
In her first season with Team USA during the 2017 summer campaign, O’Toole collected a 2.80 ERA and a 2-0 win-loss record in fifteen innings in the circle at the Pan American Championship for the US National team, while her 0.47 ERA led her team during the World Cup of Softball.
O’Toole signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bandits and appeared in four games for the squad.
At USD, O'Toole replaces program alum Cassidy Coleman, who had been the Toreros' pitching coach since 2015.