Aug. 16, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - Chrissy Schoonmaker, a 2007 graduate of South Carolina, and Adrienne Clark, a 2005 graduate of Hofstra, have been named assistant softball coaches at the University of Connecticut, as announced by head coach Jen McIntyre on Saturday.
Schoonmaker comes to Storrs after serving as an assistant coach at the University of Houston during the 2014 campaign. She worked primarily with the infielders and assisted in other areas. Schoonmaker spent the 2013 season at Texas Tech, coaching the infielders while also serving as first base coach, base running instructor and coordinating the program's camps. Prior to coaching with the Red Raiders, Schoonmaker spent two years at her alma mater, South Carolina, as the volunteer assistant.
"I am very excited to welcome Chrissy to the UConn softball family," said McIntyre. "Chrissy exudes energy and passion in everything she does. She is a tireless recruiter and shares the same vision for our program and the University of Connecticut. In addition to assisting with all aspects of the daily operations of our program, she will specifically work with our infield defense. Her previous knowledge of the conference will be a significant asset to our goals as we look to make our mark in the American Athletic Conference."
A native of Sebastian, Fla., Schoonmaker began her coaching career in 2009 as an assistant softball coach at Dreher High School in South Carolina after wrapping up her eligibility as a student-athlete.
Schoonmaker was named to the SEC All-Defensive Team as a senior and was selected for the SEC Academic Honor Roll five times in her career. Schoonmaker started 176 games during her career as a Gamecock, while playing nearly every position on the diamond.
"I am honored to join the University of Connecticut, the athletic department, and the Husky family," Schoonmaker expressed. "It's an incredible opportunity to be a part of this championship culture and I firmly believe in the vision of the UConn student-athlete. I am so grateful that I get to work beside Coach McIntyre, Coach Clark, and our student-athletes in this new era of Husky softball."
Clark joins the staff after three seasons as a volunteer assistant with Hofstra. After a successful undergraduate playing career, Clark returned to Hofstra in 2012 and was part of a staff that led the Pride to a 42-15 overall record and the program's first-ever NCAA Regional championship. Prior to heading back to Hofstra, Clark spent three seasons (2009-11) on the staff at Columbia University where she worked with the Lions pitching staff and outfielders. She also served as an associate professor of physical education at Columbia. Clark also spent three years as an assistant at Delaware.
"Adrienne is the definition of a live wire and exactly what we were looking for from her position," McIntyre commented. "She had a tremendous playing career at Hofstra and has been very successful in developing young talent. She has had the opportunity to be mentored by some of the great coaches in our game and she will bring energy and a wealth of creative knowledge to our pitching staff. I am looking forward to working with her and watching her make a significant impact on our pitchers and catchers."
During her playing career for the Pride, Clark helped lead the team to four straight CAA regular-season and postseason championships and three NCAA Regional appearances. She helped the team win 148 games during those seasons, including a school-record 43 victories in 2005. Hofstra went 8-4 in the NCAA Tournament over her final three seasons and was one of only 12 teams in the nation to win at least two NCAA Tournament games in 2003, 2004, and 2005.
"I want to first thank Jen McIntyre, Debbie Corum, and everyone involved in the search committee for giving me this tremendous opportunity," said Clark. "What stood out to me throughout my interview process is the dual commitment to academic and athletic excellence that is found throughout UConn. I'm very excited to join the UConn family, and eager to get right to work on Jen's incredible vision for the softball program."
Clark, a native of Gibsonton, Florida, holds a degree in business administration and marketing and graduated from Columbia in May 2012 with a master's degree in sports management.