United States Military Academy

US Military Academy/Army West Point Athletics
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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 437-124 for an outstanding .779 winning percentage. She is fifth among active coaches and sixth all-time for winning percentage in Division III.

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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Bri Strecker

Bri Strecker enters her third season as an assistant coach with the Army softball program.

As the longest tenured member of Army’s staff, Strecker holds a variety of responsibilities within the program. In addition to overseeing Army’s pitchers, catchers and working with the Black Knights’ hitters, she also serves as Army’s recruiting coordinator and is charged with managing the Black Knights’ summer and winter camp programs.

The program has experienced a lot of success with Strecker on the staff, having reached the Patriot League Tournament in both of her seasons with the Black Knights while also finishing above .500 in league play.

In her first season with Army, the team set a new program mark for wins in a single season with 39.

Strecker joined the West Point staff after a two-year stint as an assistant at Tufts University in Medford, Mass.

During her first season at Tufts in 2015, Strecker helped guide the program to its third consecutive NCAA Division III National Championship after the team completed a perfect 51-0 season. She was part of the Tufts coaching staff that was named Division III National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) National Coaching Staff of the Year following the championship run in 2015.

Strecker aided in another successful season in 2016, helping the Jumbos to a 30-12 overall record and a trip to the NCAA Regionals. She worked with six all-region selections and three All-Americans in 2015, while mentoring five more all-region players in 2016.

Strecker was responsible for a number of recruiting responsibilities at Tufts, including assisting with the team’s recruiting database, working various recruiting camps for the school and helping to plan visits for prospective student-athletes. In addition to those responsibilities, Strecker also worked closely with the hitting game and with the team’s catchers. Strecker helped Tufts batters reach 48 home runs during the 2016 season, which ranked fourth in the nation.

“From the moment I stepped on post, West Point has felt like home,” Strecker said upon her hiring. “I am so incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be working with the future leaders of the United States Army as well as all of the staff here at West Point. I cannot think of a more admirable place to continue my coaching career. ”

Prior to her position at Tufts, Strecker served as the recruiting coordinator for the women’s basketball team at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Mass.

She spent the 2014 season as an assistant coach at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Mass., and helped lead the Bears to a 32-14 record and an appearance in the NCAA Division III Super Regionals.

Strecker graduated from Bridgewater State in January 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Anthropology, following a four-year playing career for the Bears.

Strecker played catcher all four years and earned Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Player of the Year honors as a senior. She was a two-year team captain and a two-time selection to the All-MASCAC first team, while leading Bridgewater State to a MASCAC Championship and a NCAA Tournament appearance in 2013.

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