The Golden Grizzlies begin their season Feb. 16 against Florida Atlantic
The Golden Grizzlies open season on Feb. 16 against Florida Atlantic
The Golden Grizzlies begin regular season play Feb. 16 in Clearwater, Fla. against Florida Atlantic
Three newcomers hail from from Michigan and one from California
Tucker played professionally in Europe after a standout career at UNC Charlotte
Oakland vs. IUPUI (Horizon League Tournament) 5/10/18 Matt Boltz/Oakland University Athletics
In her first season at the helm of the Golden Grizzlies, Cognigni led Oakland to a 23-win season and a second place finish in the Horizon League. No. 2 seed Oakland advanced to the title game of the conference tournament and defeated No. 1 seed UIC in game one of the double elimination series, but fell to the Flames in a tightly-contested 3-1 loss in game two. It marked just the fifth time in program history Oakland advanced to the conference tournament title game.
At Pitt, Cognigni helped guide the Panthers to their first NCAA Tournament bid in program history in 2015, advancing to the regional final after defeating California and Oakland. That same season, Cognigni and the rest of the Pitt coaching staff was named the 2015 NFCA Mid-Atlantic Region Coaching Staff of the year after leading the Panthers to a school record 37 wins.
With a specialty in pitching, Cognigni led pitchers Sarah Dawson and Kayla Harris to Pitt's first two perfect games in program history during her tenure. The Panthers tallied 30-plus wins in back-to-back seasons (2015, `16) and during that time, Cognigni improved the team's staff earned run average from 4.66 to 3.86.
Cognigni has nine years of collegiate coaching experience starting at her alma mater Saint Joseph's from 2008-09. As the first base coach, she helped lead the Hawks to a second-place finish in the A-10 Conference. Cognigni also had coaching stints at Marist College (2009-12) and University of Delaware (2012-14), where she was the lead recruiter for both institutions, before landing at Pitt in 2015.
Cognigni was a four-year starter at Saint Joseph's University from 2005-08, closing out her career with a school record 534 strikeouts. As a sophomore, she went on to break the single-season strikeout record with 186. Cognigni threw one of just two perfect games in program history in a 9-0 victory over Lafayette on March 19, 2005.
Cognigni graduated from Saint Joseph's in 2008 with a degree in English.