Cambridge, Mass. (December 6) -- Brooke Kalman has been named as the MIT softball head coach, as announced by Director of Athletics Julie Soriero. Kalman comes to MIT from Franklin & Marshall College and will succeed former head coach Jen Williams. In addition to her softball coaching duties, Kalman will also be working with student-athlete programming.
"Brooke is a true student of the game," said Soriero. "Her variety of experiences as a head coach, as well as her desire to continue to grow as a professional, will go a long way to ensure success for our program. She will set the bar high for our student-athletes and I truly believe they will respond to her as our new head coach."
In 2018, Kalman guided the Diplomats to a 17-21 overall record that included an 8-8 mark in the Centennial Conference as four players earned All-Conference honors. With two First Team All-Conference performers, her team ended the season ranked 12th nationally in fielding percentage with a mark of .971.
"I would like to thank Julie Soriero and the members of the search committee for this tremendous opportunity," said Kalman. "I look forward to working with the team as we continue to pursue excellence on and off the diamond."
Her other head coaching experience includes a stint at Ripon College in Wisconsin, where she led the Red Hawks to the program's highest win total in the last five years. She was also an assistant coach at Ursinus College in 2015 and 2016, where she was responsible for scheduling, practice planning, recruiting and fundraising.
A 2014 graduate of Gettysburg, she was a two-time captain and a four-year letter winner while earning Second Team All-Conference honors as a senior. She was a member of the 2014 All-Centennial Conference Sportsmanship Team who was also an Academic All-Conference honoree in 2013. Kalman ranks fourth in Gettysburg history for runners caught stealing, as well as 12th in career fielding percentage at .977.
Kalman earned her Bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in writing from Gettysburg in 2014, along with her Master's degree in clinical mental health counseling from Villanova in 2016. At Villanova, she earned the Beverly B. Kahn Memorial Scholarship that was presented to the person who demonstrates a passion for assisting with the growth of underprivileged students.
MIT: Brooke Kalman has been named as softball head coach while also working with student-athlete programming.