Yvette Healy chosen as UW softball coach


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July 24, 2010

Coach Vigness
 The Healy File
 • Age: 33
 • Alma Mater: DePaul, 1999
 • Family: Husband, Shawn; daughter, Grace
 Coaching Experience
 • Loyola University (Ill.), Head coach, 2004-2010
 • DePaul University, Assistant coach, 2002-2004
Championships
 • Horizon League: 2007
 Awards

 • Horizon League Coach of the Year: 2007

MADISON, Wis. -- Yvette Healy, head softball coach at Loyola (Chicago) since 2004, has been named the head softball coach at Wisconsin, Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez announced Saturday.

“Yvette Healy has proven herself to be a winner both as a player and a coach,” Alvarez said. “That parallels what we are looking to accomplish here at Wisconsin. We’re excited to have her on our staff and we welcome her to the Badgers.”

The 2007 Horizon League Coach of the Year, Healy guided the Ramblers to a top-four conference finish in every season she was at the helm. She has coached four NFCA All-Mideast Region players over the last four seasons, and the team set the single-season school record for batting average (.292) in 2010. Healy's team also set single-season Loyola records for stolen bases (116) and home runs (37) in 2009.

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join the University of Wisconsin family,” Healy said. “The UW athletic department has a world-renowned legacy of winning on a national stage and in the Big Ten. I am thrilled to partner with the inspirational leadership team of Barry Alvarez, Shawn Eichorst and Terry Gawlik to bring Badger softball to national prominence.

“The nationally-ranked academic degrees, athletic facilities, financial support and family-atmosphere make Wisconsin a perfect fit for the nation's most talented softball student-athletes. My husband Shawn and I feel extremely fortunate to raise our daughter Grace in Madison, one of the safest, friendliest and most beautiful towns in the country.

As Healy was winning coach of the year honors in the Horizon League in 2007, the team was capturing the conference title with a 14-5 record. Pitcher Amy Solava was also named the league's pitcher of the year, just the third player in school history to earn the award.

Off the field, Healy was instrumental in the team's community service participation. She was a part of numerous campaigns to give back, including the Strike Out Cancer Fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, a team canned food drive and the Shamrocks for Kids Campaign. The team was given the 2007 Horizon League Community Outreach Award.

In addition, Healy served as a mentor for the Girls in the Game program as well as at the Misericordia Home for Mentally and Physically Challenged.

Healy's teams have also excelled in the classroom. The 2010 team was the recipient of the 2010 NCAA Academic Performance Program APR Award, while nine players in her time were named Academic All-District by ESPN the Magazine and 25 were chosen as Scholar Athletes by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

“Yvette Healy is the perfect fit for Wisconsin,” DePaul softball coach Eugene Lenti added. “She has everything you’re looking for in a head coach with her leadership skills as well as her experience. She’s a talented offensive coach, who loves to be aggressive, executing hit and runs, squeezes, etc. She’s also a great recruiter and family-oriented person who understands what it takes to be a successful student athlete, being that she was an All-American herself.”

She took over as head coach at Loyola in July of 2004 after spending three seasons as an assistant at her alma mater, DePaul. While with the Blue Demons, Healy coached five All-Americans as the team won the Conference USA title in 2003 and 2004 to make the NCAA tournament.

A two time All-American and three-time Academic All-American as a player, Healy ranks second on the DePaul single-season chart with a .424 batting average and is the school's all-time leader with 102 stolen bases. In her senior campaign in 1999, Healy led the Blue Demons to a school-record 54 victories, an NCAA Regional Championship and the College World Series as the team wrapped up the year ranked third in the nation. She earned All-Mideast Region honors on three occasions as well.

Prior to her coaching career, Healy worked for the Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox Academy as Director of Marketing.

Healy earned her bachelor's degree in communication from DePaul in 1999 and her master's in secondary education and English from DePaul in 2007.

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