Jen Russell begins her fourth season as the Pioneers’ pitching coach in 2016. A graduate of Sacred Heart, she led the softball team to two Northeast Conference titles in 2009 and 2011. In 2009, she helped the team make history earning the school’s first win in any sport at a division I NCAA Tournament with a 3-1 victory over Cornell. A four-time All-NEC selection, Russell was named the NEC Tournament MVP both championship seasons.
Before coming to Sacred Heart in 2007, Russell played four years of softball at St. Joseph's High School in Trumbull, Conn. where she served as team captain her senior year. She led St. Joseph’s to the FCIAC and CIAC Championship her senior season. In 2007, she was named Connecticut Player of the Year, Connecticut Post All-Area and Co-MVP. She was selected as CIAC and FCIAC playoff MVP as a senior. Russell earned first team All-FCIAC honors junior and senior years, and was named All-FCIAC Second-Team as a sophomore.
She is currently pursuing her Masters in Education at Sacred Heart, and will graduate in December, while teaching tenth grade geometry at Bassick High School in Bridgeport, Conn.