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Cheryl Milligan

Cheryl Milligan was named the head coach of the Army softball program in June 2019.


She spent the 2018 season as an assistant coach with the Black Knights before taking over the head coaching duties.


Prior to West Point, Milligan served as the head coach at Division III Tufts University. Under Milligan, Tufts became the first team in NCAA Division III history to win three consecutive national championships from 2013-2015.


In the spring of 2015, Tufts finished 51-0 while capturing the national title. The 7-4 victory over the University of Texas-Tyler in the national final extended Tufts' NCAA Division III record winning streak to 53 games, dating back to the two wins which clinched the 2014 national title over Salisbury. The 2015 Tufts team tied the NCAA Div. III record for the most wins in a season (51) with the 2011 Linfield team.


The Jumbos have played in five of the last eight NCAA Finals. Prior to the three straight national titles, Milligan coached the Jumbos into the NCAA Finals in 2009 and 2012 as well. The 2012 team finished tied for fifth nationally and the 2009 squad was fourth. During these years, Tufts had remarkable records of 44-3 (.936) in 2009, 41-7 (.854) in 2012, 46-3 (.939) in 2013 and 47-4 (.922) in 2014 before the prefect season in 2015. Tufts' 51-0 record that year is the best in NCAA history, while 2009, 2013 and 2014 all rank among the all-time top 20 for winning percentage.


The 2013 Tufts squad was the first New England team to win the NCAA Softball Championship since Eastern Connecticut State University in 1990. Coach Milligan and her staff were recognized as the National Coaching Staff of the Year at the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) convention that year. They won that award for both the 2014 and 2015 seasons as well.


The Jumbos nearly advanced to the NCAA Finals again in 2016. They hosted an NCAA Regional at Spicer Field and advanced to the final round before being eliminated by WPI. Tufts finished with a 30-12 record in 2016.


Tufts won four straight NCAA Regional/Super Regional championships (2012-15) and six overall during Milligan's tenure. They have also earned four of the last five New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crowns and 10 in total. Milligan was named NESCAC Coach of the Year four straight times and is an eight-time recipient overall. Her teams have a combined record of 490-148 for an outstanding .768 winning percentage.


The Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) presented Allyson Fournier, a pitcher recruited to Tufts by Coach Milligan and her staff, with the Honda Sports Award as NCAA Division III Athlete of the Year in both 2013 and 2015. Fournier was a NFCA First Team All-American four straight years. Eleven Jumbos have earned All-American honors during Milligan's tenure. She has also coached 10 NESCAC Players of the Year. Her 2005 Tufts team led the nation in home runs per game with a 1.20 per-game average. Milligan recruit Jo Clair is third all-time on the NCAA home runs list with 67 from 2011-14.


A 1995 Tufts graduate, Milligan was a four-year starter at shortstop and an assistant coach for six years at her alma mater. She was promoted to head coach of the Jumbos in July 2003. She played every inning during her Tufts softball career. Her .377 career batting average is 10th all-time, and she is ninth on the team’s career runs scored list with 119. Milligan was a member of the class that vaulted the softball program into annual post-season contention. The 1995 team hosted and won the ECAC North Championship, finishing with 31 wins.


Milligan is married to Army’s associate head baseball coach Jamie Pinzino who serves as the team’s pitching coach. They have a five-year old son, Henry.

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Janet Maguire

Janet Maguire joined the Army West Point softball coaching staff as an assistant coach in August of 2019.


“We are so happy to have someone with the experience of Janet on our staff,” Milligan said. “I’ve gotten to see Janet’s work first hand for years now and our defense is lucky to have someone as knowledgeable and team-oriented as Janet. She will be able to do great things with the talented defensive players we have and I expect that we will be much more consistent on game day directly due to her efforts.”


Maguire arrived to the banks of the Hudson after spending the last three years with the same title at Cornell University. In her first two seasons, the Big Red’s fielding percentage improved from .945 in 2016 to .968 and .963 in 2017 and 2018. There, she mentored Erin Rockstroh, whose batting average increased from .197 to .410 in route to earning all-Ivy League honors in 2018.


From 2008-12, she served as assistant coach on Brown University’s staff. In her first four years with the program the team improved its Ivy League win mark each season. Maguire was instrumental in the recruitment and development of Stephanie Thompson and Kate Strobel. Thompson holds the Ivy League career record for batting average and on-base percentage, while Strobel is also featured in the Ivy League record book in numerous categories.


Prior to moving up to the Division I ranks, Maguire had a successful tenure as head coach at her alma matter Division III Bridgewater State University from 2001-07. She guided the program to seven consecutive regular season conference championships, five conference tournament titles and five NCAA regional appearances. She was named MASCAC Coach of the Year in 2006. Maguire accumulated a 175-122-3 (.588) record during her seven-year tenure, including 86-12 in conference play (.878).


Maguire spent the 2000 season as the head coach at UMass-Boston, where she led the team that was held winless the year before to a 9-21 record in her lone season with the program. She also served as the head women's soccer coach.


A 1994 graduate of Bridgewater State University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, she also obtained her masters in Physical Education from Bridgewater State. A captain her senior year, she helped her team to a second-place finish in the 1994 NCAA Division III World Series. She still owns school record for runs scored in a season (57 in 1994) and singles in a season (61 in 1994).

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Jen Consaul

Jen Consaul joined the Army West Point softball staff as an assistant coach in the summer of 2019.


“In Jen we have a found coach who will be able to provide our pitchers with the best technical instruction,” said head softball coach Cheryl Milligan. “She is a very practical and hands on coach who brings a ton of enthusiasm for the game to our dugout. We are thrilled to have someone like Jen to lead our pitchers to the next level.”


Consaul arrives at West Point after spending the last three seasons at UNC Charlotte, where she oversaw all aspects of the pitching staff. There she mentored Haley Wiseman, who earned All-Conference USA Second team nods in the 2017 and 2018. In her first season with the program, the posted 30 wins.


Prior to her appointment at UNC Charlotte, Consaul served as an assistant coach at her alma matter, Canisius, for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Serving as the pitching coach, she mentored 2015 MAAC Rookie of the Year Erika Mackie, who went 14-7 and threw 15 complete games. Additionally, with her guidance the Golden Griffins were crowned the 2015 regular season MAAC champions.


In her collegiate playing career with Canisius, Consaul made 86 starts appearances as a part of 126 totall appearances in the circle from 2011-14. Her 126 career appearances along with her 637.2 career innings pitched rank first all-time in school history. An All-MAAC Second Team selection her senior year, Consaul had a career record of 48-44 with a 2.68 earned run average and registered 364 strikeouts.

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