NEW LONDON, Conn.--Director of Athletics Tim Fitzpatrick announced today that women's softball coach Donna Koczajowski has been named a Senior Woman Administrator and has assumed several key administrative responsibilities within the CGA Athletics Administration. She joins long-time Senior Woman Administrator Andrea Stewart as a member of the Athletic division's senior staff.
"The range and diversity of talent and skill that Donna and Andrea individually and collectively bring to the table will enable the Athletics division and the CGA as a whole to provide a broader array of resources and opportunities to our female cadet-athletes. When you consider that 35% of the Corps of Cadets and approximately 300 of our cadet-athletes are women, this was an easy decision to make, "Fitzpatrick commented. "We are very pleased to be able to elevate someone of Donna's experience and competency to such an important position. I know she and Andrea will work very well together on behalf of CGA in their Senior Woman Administrator positions."
Koczajowski just completed her 17th season as the Bears' softball coach, and her teams have won 416 games during her career – making her one of just 7 active Division III softball coaches in New England to reach the 400-win milestone. Donna has produced an All-America player in each of the last four seasons, with CGA catcher Jesse Richardson being named a third-team selection in 2014. The Bears captured the NEWMAC Tournament title in 2010, 2011 and 2012, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. She was recognized as NEWMAC women's softball "Coach of the Year" in 2010 and 2011.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts, and a Masters in Exercise Science Physiology and Sport Psychology from Springfield College. Her primary duties will be to serve as the liaison between the Athletics division and CGA's club sports teams, oversight of athletic facilities scheduling and representing CGA regionally and nationally on women's athletics issues.
"I want to thank Tim Fitzpatrick for this opportunity to work with him, Andrea and the entire administrative staff and gain further experience," said Koczajowski. "I'm looking forward to being a part of that team and I hope some of my past experiences and new ideas can be beneficial to the department of athletics."
With 19 years of service to the CGA Athletics division, Stewart has served commendably in a number of capacities since joining the staff in 1995. She is the Ticket Manager for the Athletics division, and oversees several key administrative functions including team travel and logistical support, and is the liaison to CGA's Cadet division in these areas. Additionally, Andrea plays an important role in the planning and execution of the Athletic division's annual "Women's Leadhership Symposium." The Symposium was held for the first time during the 2011-12 academic year, and provides professional development training for women's athletic staff and coaches from institutions throughout New England.
She attended the University of Maine at Orono, and majored in Speech Communications.
"Donna's success on the field here at the Academy speaks for itself," said Stewart. I am thrilled to have all of that experience contribute greatly to helping all our teams succeed while pursuing the mission of the Coast Guard."