Head Coach Spotlight
Donna is entering her 21st season as head coach. She led the Bears to the NCAA tournament for four straight years (2009-2012) including a pair of regional final appearances in 2009 and 2010. This will also mark her third year serving as the Senior Woman Administrator and Director of Club Sports.
In a five season stretch from 2009 to 2013, the Bears posted a record of 161-57-1 and won three NEWMAC regular season (2009, 2010, 2011) and three NEWMAC tournament titles (2010, 2011, 2012). Coach K was named NEWMAC Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011.
In 2012, the Bears qualified for the NEWMAC tournament as the sixth and final seed and after being beat, the team had to win five games including three on the final day to claim its third straight championship.
She has a 20-year record of 456-323-1. In each of her first two seasons, she led the Bears to a then school record 26 wins and back-to-back trips to the ECAC Tournament and the program’s first ever post-season win in 1998. The 2009 team won a school-record 39 games and finished 39-7-1 and 15-0-1 in conference play.
Koczajowski has coached five All-Americans with Susie Van der Veer being her first in 2002 as a third team All-American. Hayley Feindel and catcher Amanda Frederick earned third team honors in 2010. Feindel, the NCAA Division III All-time leader in wins (124) and strikeouts (1,457) became the first Coast Guard softball player to earn first team All-America honors in 2011 while Holli Bastinck earned first team All-America honors in 2012. Jessie Richardson was named a third team selection in 2014.
Koczajowski played softball at UMass Amherst and graduated with a B.S. in Exercise Science. She went on to earn a Masters in Exercise Science Physiology and Sport Psychology from Springfield College.