NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Coast Guard Academy has announced the hiring of Arielle Cooper as the new assistant coach for the softball team.
Cooper comes to the Bears after a successful run as the head coach of the Eastern Connecticut Conference (ECC) Fitch Falcons. She received her first opportunity to coach the Falcons in 2014 as she stepped in as interim head coach and led Fitch to a 26-1 record and a Class L State Championship. Cooper was picked as New Haven Register Coach of the Year.
After serving once again as assistant coach for the 2015 season, Cooper returned to the head coaching position in 2016 for two more seasons. In 2016, the Falcons finished that season 27-0, ranked first in the final state poll and fourth nationally. She was named CIAC Coach of the Year in 2016 and finished her high school coaching career with a 74-8 record, a 65-game regular season winning streak, two state championships and three ECC Championships.
Cooper came to Fitch after a stellar playing career at Eastern Connecticut State University. She was a NFCA First Team All-American and First Team All-Region in both 2012 and 2013. Cooper was also the 2013 Little East Conference Player of the Year, NFCA National Player of the Week, 2013 Eastern Player of the Year and a two-time E-Club Scholar- Athlete Award.
She finished her career as the Warriors leader in career batting average (.406), slugging (.739), hits (221), homeruns (40) and total bases (403).
Cooper graduated from Eastern CT in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Sports and Leisure Management, Health Promotion. She then earned her Master in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western CT in 2017.