University of Pennsylvania

Penn Athletics Department - Baseball
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Leslie King

Head coach Leslie King just finished her 15th season at the helm of the University of Pennsylvania softball team. Since her arrival at Penn, King led the program to its first ever NCAA playoff appearance in 2013 and has coached 45 players who earned 96 All-Ivy honors and six players who earned Ivy League Yearly Awards, including two-time Player of the Year Christina Khosravi (2006, 2008). Other major award winners include Leah Allen (2014 Rookie of the Year, 2017 Player of the Year) Jurie Joyner (2015 Rookie of the Year), Alexis Borden (2012 Rookie of the Year), Jessie Lupardus (2008 Rookie of the Year), and Annie Kinsey (2007 Player of the Year). In addition to being named the 2007 Player of the Year and a four-time first-team All-Ivy selection, Kinsey was also named to the Easton All-American second team. Under the direction of King, eight players – Lauren Li, Alexis Borden, Sydney Turchin, Elysse Gorney, Brooke Coloma, Alisha Prystowsky, Keiko Uraguchi, and Annie Kinsey -- were named All-Ivy in each of their four seasons.

King led a young Quaker squad in 2018 through a new Ivy format that ridded of divisions. For the 13th straight season, King won 15 or more games and for the sixth time in seven years, the team won 10+ games in the Ivy. The winningest coach in the program's history, King won her 300th game in a win against Villanova (4/4/18) and recorded her 150th career win in the Ivy League (vs. Yale 4/7). The 2018 Quakers also saw success stealing bases finishing the season ranked No. 36 in the country in stolen bases per game.

Although the Quakers saw their South Division title run (2012-15) end in 2016 and 2017 they still enjoyed three-straight 20-win seasons. Most recently, Penn notched a 22-18 record in 2017, including a 12-8 clip in the Ivy League. Leah Allen earned Penn's fourth-ever Ivy League Player of the Year award while Alexis Sargent (First Team), Jurie Joyner (Second Team), Sarah Cwiertnia (Honorable Mention), and Sam Pederson (Honorable Mention) were also honored.

The 2015 season saw the Quakers tally tally the most wins in a season (23) since 2013. In addition, it was the fifth-consecutive year that Penn had three players receive first-team All-Ivy Honors (Lauren Li, Leah Allen, Alexis Sargent). Kanani Datan earned second-team accolades, while Jurie Joyner, Sam Pederson, and Sarah Cwiertnia all received All-Ivy Honorable Mention.

The Quakers captured their fourth-straight South Division Championship title in 2015, fifth under King, and the senior class of Alexis Borden, Jen Retzer, Sydney Turchin, and Vanessa Weaver became the first class in program history to go to the Ivy League Championship Series all four years. While at Cornell, Borden became just the sixth player in Ivy League history to reach the 600 career strikeout milestone. Despite dropping both games on Saturday of the ILCS at Dartmouth, the Red and Blue ended the year with the most All-Ivy selections out of the Ancient Eight. Freshman Jurie Joyner was tabbed as the Ivy League Rookie of the Year and was also a unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection. Junior captainLauren Li was also a unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection, while Turchin earned her first first-team All-Ivy nod. Leah Allen, Borden, Korinne Raby, and Vanessa Weaver were named second-team All-Ivy, with Raby and Weaver earning their first Ivy recognition. Penn finished the season 22-20 overall and 13-7 in Ivy League play.

With a young Red and Blue team -- 10 of the 21 players were freshman -- King led the Quakers to the program’s fourth South Division crown, which advanced Penn to the 2014 Ivy League Championship Series. The Red and Blue finished the season with an overall record of 19-22-1 and a 13-6-1 Ivy League record. Eight Quakers received All-Ivy awards, which was the most earned by any of the Ancient Eight programs. FreshmanLeah Allen, who set new marks in the single-season records for home runs (13) and RBI (43), was unanimously named Ivy League Rookie of the Year, which was the first unanimous decision for the award since 2011. In addition, Allen was unanimously named first-team All-Ivy. Also making the first-team was Elysse Gorney and Kanani Datan. Second-team honorees included Alexis Borden, Sydney Turchin, and Alexis Sargent, whileKayla Dahlerbruch and Lauren Li were named All-Ivy Honorable Mention.

In the most historic season of the program, the Red and Blue recorded a school record of 16 Ivy wins and a victory in the 2013 Ivy League Championship Series, where the Quakers captured their second-ever Ivy title and first-ever trip to the NCAA Championships. When playing Arizona, Georgia Guttadauro made a diving catch and earned the No. 2 spot on ESPN SportCenter’s Top 10 plays. Guttadauro also received first-team All-Ivy and was one of nine Quakers to receive All-Ivy awards, which were the most earned by any of the Ancient Eight programs. Alexis Borden, Stephanie Caso, Brooke Coloma, and Jessica Melendez earned first-team All-Ivy; Samantha Erosa and Sydney Turchin received second-team honors; while Elysse Gorney and Lauren Li were All-Ivy Honorable Mention. Penn finished with an overall record of 30-20 and a 16-4 Ivy League record.

The 2012 Quakers won a program-record 33 games, including a 15-5 mark in Ivy League play. Penn also advanced to the Ivy League Championship Series for the second time in program history and had eight players (three first and second-team, along with two honorable mention) earn All-Ivy accolades including Alexis Borden named as the Ivy League Rookie of the Year.

The 2011 season saw Penn once again win at least 18 games for the fifth time in six seasons, a mark that was reached just once prior to King's hiring. Alisha Prystowsky earned her third first-team All-Ivy Selection, while three others earned Honorable mention All-Ivy.

In 2010, the Quakers finished with 19 victories, giving them the third most wins in a season in the program's history. They placed second in the Ivy League South Division with a 12-8 record, led by second-team All-Ivy selections Keiko Uraguchi and Alisha Prystowsky. Two others were named honorable mention.

In 2009, Penn finished second in the Ivy South Division, with seven players receiving All-Ivy recognition, including first-team selections Alisha Prystowsky and Kelsey Wolfe.

In 2008, King coached both the Ivy League Player of the Year and the Ivy League Rookie of the Year. Christina Khrosravi was named Ivy Player of the Year for the second time in her career, while Jessie Lupardus was named Rookie of the Year. The duo of Annie Kinsey and Khrosravi also finished at the top of most season and career offensive records at Penn. As a team, the Quakers set a new program record for wins in a season with 26.

During the 2007 season, the Red and Blue won the first Ivy League South Division title in the first year of divisional play. As a team, they set program records for runs scored (231), doubles (68), home runs (46), RBI (216), and slugging percentage (.494). Penn also made a name for itself on a national level. The Quakers' defense led the nation in double plays per game (0.60) for almost the entire season. The team was also atop the Ivy League in multiple categories. The Quakers led the league in slugging percentage, on-base percentage (.378) and home runs, and were second in the Ancient Eight in batting average, runs, doubles, and RBI.

In 2006, the team went 18-26, tying an all-time record for wins at Penn. The team led the Ivy League in batting average, slugging percentage, hits, doubles, triples, walks and RBI's. Christina Khosravi's batting average of .407 was good for fourth all-time, and Annie Kinsey's average of .393 was good for seventh all-time.

Prior to Penn, King was the head coach at George Washington University where she was instrumental in developing softball into a varsity sport for its inaugural season in 2003. Prior to her stint at GW, King was the assistant softball coach at Lock Haven University where she helped lead the team to a school-record 37 wins and a berth in the NCAA Regionals in 2002.

For 14 years, King was the starting shortstop for the New Zealand National softball team and served as captain of the squad that qualified for the Olympics in 2000. She was named the 2000 New Zealand Player of the Year, and her team won a silver medal at the World Championships that same season.

A dual athlete, King also played for the New Zealand soccer team. She captained the squad at the 1991 FIFA World Cup.

Her coaching tenure began in 1982 when she was a hitting and catching instructor for the Grand Slam Academy and served as a clinician at the Cal State Fullerton softball summer camp. King also served as the regional coach for the New Zealand Softball Association and was a player/coach for the Ramblers and Metro softball clubs in that country until 1991.

King earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from Cal State Fullerton in 1985. While at Fullerton, she was an Academic All-America nominee and a three-time member of the Dean's List.

A four-year starter at catcher for the nationally ranked Fullerton softball program, King was a three-time all-conference honoree and helped lead her team to the Women's College World Series three times including a pair of runner-up finishes. After her collegiate career, King earned a spot on the 1985 USA National Team that toured South Korea and China.

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Danielle Gonzales

Gonzales, who just finished her sixth season with the Red and Blue in 2018, made her way to Penn via fellow Big 5 school Saint Joseph’s, where she spent seven years, first as a standout student-athlete, then as a coach. Most recently, from 2010-12, Gonzales served as an assistant coach with the Hawks. She helped coach the Hawks to two consecutive Atlantic 10 Tournament berths, an A-10 title game appearance, and its first 30-win season since 2002.

"We are very excited to have Dani on board,” said head coach Leslie King, who recently completed her 11th season as head coach. “We are looking forward to using her experience as a successful Division I pitcher, hitter and coach to help our athletes continue to develop. We have a very experienced team and, with the addition of Dani to our staff, I feel like we are in a great place to challenge for an Ivy League Championship."

Prior to coaching, Gonzales was a member of the Saint Joseph’s softball program from 2005-09 where she was a mainstay in the circle. In addition to being captain of the team her senior season, she was a two-time A-10 All-Conference performer (2008, 2009), she was named as the team’s Most Valuable Player in 2007, named to the A-10 All-Tournament Team in 2009 and was a three-time A-10 Athlete of the Week honoree.

"I am looking forward to being a part of such a prestigious school that has astounding academic and athletic standards," Gonzales said. "I can't wait to work hard and making a difference with the team and see how far we can go."

A native of Litchfield Park, Arizona, Gonzales graduated from Saint Joseph’s in 2009 with a degree in sports and entertainment marketing, then again in 2012 with a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in management and marketing.

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Patricia Cipicchio

A former head coach at the NCAA Division 3 level, Trish Cipicchio just finished her first year as an assistant coach on the University of Pennsylvania softball staff in 2018.

Cipicchio came to Penn from Hamilton (N.Y.) College, where she was head coach of the softball team for four years and finished her tenure second in all-time wins in the process. Under Cipicchio’s lead, the Continentals achieved their highest batting average in 15 years and set team records for hits, runs, and home runs in a season.

With the University of Pennsylvania, Cipicchio helped lead the Quakers to No. 39 in the nation in batting average (.297) and a No. 37 ranking in stolen bases per game (4/2). The Red and Blue's .297 batting average was its 4th highest since 2004.

Prior to her stint at Hamilton, Cipicchio helped lead Williams College to 16 wins as an assistant coach in 2013. The Ephs finished 7-5 and tied for second place in the NESCAC West Division standings. Before that, she was an assistant coach at Smith College in 2012.

A four-year starter at second base and shortstop for Trinity College from 2007-10, Cipicchio was also a team captain and made the NESCAC Spring All-Academic Team her senior year. She started all but one game during her Trinity career and ended her career with 97 hits including 10 home runs.

The Quakers assistant earned her undergraduate degree in neuroscience and music and also obtained a master’s degree from Smith in 2013. She hails from Southmont, N.C., and was a three-sport athlete at East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte. Cipicchio is also currently attending Penn as she is working to get her M.S.E in bioengineering.

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