College of Charleston

College of Charleston Athletics
301 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29424
Division 1 South Carolina Southeast
Public Large National competitor


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Linda Kalafatis

Linda Kalafatis is in her sixth season as the head coach at the College of Charleston and owns a record of 163-118 (.580) with the Cougars and 971-593-2 (.621) overall in 29 seasons. She came to CofC after serving as the head coach at Ohio State for 16 years and also holding the top post at her alma mater, California University of Pennsylvania, and Akron.

A year ago, the Cougars finished 31-27 for their fourth 30-win campaign and appearance in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament in her first five seasons at the helm. Under her tutelage, Taylor DuPree earned all-conference honors for the fourth time in as many years while setting the school and CAA career hits record with 274.

In 2017 the Cougars finished third in the CAA with a 12-9 conference record including a win over then-No. 11 James Madison. Charleston had one of the top offensive teams in school history, with its .303 batting average tied for the second-highest mark and its .432 slugging percentage topped only twice in the program’s previous 24 seasons.

Kalafatis gained her 900th college win on April 24, 2016 with a 3-2 victory over Towson. The Cougars finished that season with a record of 35-23, including a victory over No. 10 Georgia, and won two games at the CAA Tournament to reach the semifinals. That squad was led by a defense that recorded the highest percentage (.974) while making the fewest errors (42) in school history.

In her first season at Charleston, Kalafatis led the Cougars to a record of 40-16 for their fourth-highest win total ever and placed second in their inaugural season in the CAA with a 14-4 league mark. The pitching staff sparked the 2014 squad, finishing the year with an ERA of 2.20 and an opponent batting average of .244 while allowing only 151 runs.

Kalafatis became head coach at Ohio State in 1997 and guided the Buckeyes to a record of 537-359 (.599), holding school records for most wins and highest winning percentage in school history. Under her direction, Ohio State made six appearances in the NCAA Tournament and reached the Super Regionals in 2009.

The Buckeyes captured both the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles in 2007 and finished the year ranked in the Top 25 with a 40-18 record. Kalafatis picked up her second Big Ten Coach of the Year honor that season, joining her 2002 conference accolade when Ohio State won a school-record 55 times, and her teams won at least 30 games on 10 occasions.

In addition to her individual conference honor in 2007, Kalafatis and her staff were honored by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association as the regional coaching staff of the year. Kalafatis has also served the NFCA as a Division I representative, the chair of the DI Head Coaches Committee and as member of the executive board.

She has shown the ability to develop both the team and the student-athlete as Ohio State players were highly decorated during her tenure in Columbus. A total of nine Buckeyes earned All-America honors, and she coached a two Ohio State Female Athletes of the Year, a Big Ten Player of the Year, two Big Ten Freshmen of the Year and a pair of Academic All-Americans. Nine of her former players went on to careers in the Women’s Professional Fastpitch League.

Kalafatis began her head coaching career at California (Pa.) in 1989 and led the Vulcans to a record of 175-53-1 (.766) record in five seasons. The Division II power won the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship each season and set the groundwork for a program that went on to win back-to-back national titles. Kalafatis was inducted into the the school’s hall of fame in 2001.

She gained her first Division I experience at Akron, spending three seasons with the Zips and posted a record of 96-63-1 (.603) from 1994-96. Two of her players earned Mid-America Conference Freshmen of the Year honors, and she recruited another who would go on to be named the 1997 MAC Player of the Year.

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Barb Sherwood

Barb Sherwood is in her third season as an assistant coach at the College of Charleston and works with the Cougar pitching staff.

Under her tutelage, Izzy Berouty has developed into one of the top pitchers in the Colonial Athletic Association. The junior has won 29 games over the past two seasons and set a school record with four saves and ranked fifth in the CAA with an ERA of 2.56 her freshman year.

Sherwood joined the Cougar staff after spending three seasons as the head coach at Portland State and serving as an assistant at Troy, Wisconsin, Florida State and Virginia Tech.

While at Portland State, Sherwood coached 18 All-Big Sky Conference players as well as 21 Big Sky All-Academic team selections. Seven Vikings earned berths on the 2015 all-conference team, and that team also showed dramatic improvement in the circle, lowering its ERA by almost two-and-a-half runs from the previous season.

Prior to Portland State, Sherwood spent six years as the pitching coach aand lead recruiter Virginia Tech while also serving as the head coach of the Akron Racers of the National Pro Fastpitch League, leading the Racers to a second-place finish and NPF Coachig Staff of the Year accolades. She was a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Regional Coaching Staff of the Year with the Hokies in 2012 and 2013.

In her first season at Virginia Tech in 2009, she guided a pitching staff that produced 28 wins including eight shutouts despite having only two healthy arms for the majority of the year. In 2012 she directed Jasmin Harrell to state pitcher of the year honors after a 31-win campaign, and in Sherwood’s final season the Hokies defeated nationally-ranked UCLA, Arizona, Michigan and Kentucky en route to a 42-21 record and a berth in the NCAA Regional finals.

Virginia Tech had a record of 170-123 during Sherwood’s time there, including 80-42 her final two seasons.

Sherwood began her career at her alma mater, Troy, in 1998 as a student coach but quickly moved up to the top assistant’s spot after earning her master’s degree in education in 2000. She also served as recruiting coordinator and brought in Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Year Jocelyn McCallum and four-time Canadian National Team catcher Tamra Howren.

She produced a pair of 20-win pitchers and a team ERA of 1.45 in 2005 before making the move to Wisconsin and then Florida State. In her lone season with the Seminoles, Sherwood helped pitcher Tiffany McDonald win 18 games with 244 strikeouts and earn All-ACC honors.

Sherwood earned a degree in physical education from Troy in 1999. She was a three-time team captain and helped lead the Trojans to the 1996 Mid-Continent Conference championship and a berth in the 1996 NCAA Tournament.

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Beth Wade

Former Gulf Coast State College head coach and Florida State standout Beth Wade joined the College of Charleston coaching staff in July 2019 and will work primarily with the Cougar hitters and infielders.

Wade spent five seasons at Gulf Coast in Panama City, Fla., after serving as an assistant coach at three schools from 2008-14. She was a civil engineer for two years before entering the coaching ranks on a fulltime basis.

Wade posted a record of 167-95 in five seasons at Gulf Coast, where one of her players was current Cougar Chandler Sparkman. Her 2019 squad finished 37-17, won the Panhandle Conference playoffs and earned a spot in the state tournament while climbing as high as No. 14 in the country.

The previous season the Commodores enjoyed a 33-game winning streak and finished 40-12, rising as high as fourth in the nation. In all she coached 40 all-conference players and three All-Americans, and her team posted a 3.52 grade point average for the 2016-17 school year, the seventh-highest mark in the country.

Wade garnered her first fulltime coaching position at Appalachian State in 2008 and helped lead the Mountaineers to a dramatic three-year turnaround. Working with the pitching staff, she was instrumental in the team’s ERA dropping from 4.81 in 2008 to 2.46 in 2010 while App State went from 11 wins to 27 over that span.

Wade was also an assistant coach at Lynn (Fla.) University in 2011 and Troy from 2012-14.

In four seasons at Florida State, Wade was part of teams that won 221 games, captured three ACC championships and twice reached the Women’s College World Series. She was a three-year starter and team captain in 2003.

Wade was a first-team All-ACC and all-tournament selection in 2004 when she led the Seminoles in doubles and home runs. An outstanding student, Wade was also a three-time Academic All-American.

Wade owns four degrees including a masters in sport administration from FSU in 2004 and a masters in engineering from the University of Florida in 2012. She received a pair of bachelor’s degrees from FSU in exercise science in 2003 and civil engineering in 2007.

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