On Friday, University of Connecticut softball head coach Jen McIntyre announced that Emily O'Donnell, Ashley LaPenta, Alyssa Gardea, Alyson Ambler, and Heather Fyfe will serve as team captains for the 2015 campaign
Jen McIntyre, who has been part of coaching staffs that have made seven NCAA tournament appearances since 2001, is in her first season as head softball coach at the University of Connecticut.
McIntyre most recently served as the associate head coach at Boston University for the 2014 season. The Terriers won the Patriot League tournament and qualified for the NCAA regionals and posted a win against Louisville.
McIntyre joined the Terriers after spending the last 12 years (2002-13) on the Penn State coaching staff, including the last three as associate head coach. During her tenure, PSU reached six NCAA tournaments, highlighted by a regional final appearance in 2011.
Twenty-one of McIntyre's recruits at Penn State were named to All-Big Ten teams 33 times, while seven were placed on the All-Region squads with three becoming NFCA All-Americans. In 2013, senior outfielder Cassidy Bell became PSU's first-ever First Team All-American after batting a program-record .456 at the plate and smashing 20 home runs.
McIntyre spent the 2000 and 2001 season at Indiana as the second assistant coach. During her time in Bloomington, three players were named to the All-Big Ten team.
A 1998 graduate of Penn State with a degree in kinesiology, McIntyre was the starting third baseman for the Nittany Lions from 1995-98. In 1997, she had a career year posting a .304 batting average over 53 games while leading the team in runs scored (29) and assists (138). A 1997 CoSIDA Verizon Academic All-America selection, she ranks sixth all-time with 42 career stolen bases. Also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, she was named team MVP as a junior and team captain as a senior.
In May 2001, McIntyre earned her master's degree in kinesiology/sports management and athletic administration at Indiana.