Julie Wright Head Coach
Julie Wright was announced as the head coach of the Maryland softball program July 17, 2015. Wright came to Maryland with five years of head coaching experience at Idaho State, where she led the program to three straight Big Sky titles.
“We are excited to welcome Julie to our Maryland Athletics family,” director of athletics Kevin Anderson said. “She has done a remarkable job at Idaho State, leading the program to three consecutive conference championships. Julie brings outstanding energy and passion to our program. Throughout her accomplished coaching career, she has been committed to successfully developing students both academically and athletically. We are excited to have Julie lead our softball program in the highly competitive Big Ten Conference.”
Wright spent the last five seasons as the head coach at Idaho State, accumulating 126 wins in that time. Through Wright’s leadership, the Bengals captured Big Sky regular-season championships in the conference’s first three seasons sponsoring softball as she secured the most wins in program history (98) in that span.
“I would like to thank Kevin Anderson, Kristen Brown, Damon Evans and the rest of the hiring committee for this amazing opportunity,” Wright said. “I am thoroughly impressed with the department Kevin has put together. Maryland Athletics has great momentum moving into the future and I cannot wait to get started. I also want to thank the student-athletes, coaches and fans at Idaho State for their wonderful support.”
Head Coach - 1st Year
Alma Mater: Ohio
5 years at Idaho State
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Victoria Hayward Assistant Coach
Hayward joined the Maryland staff in the summer of 2017 after guiding UMass to back-to-back winning seasons in 2016 and 2017. UMass was one of the top hitting teams in the Atlantic 10 in 2017, as the Minutewomen advanced to the conference title game while finishing second in the regular season standings. Batters/position players earned nine all-conference selections under her guidance, while three UMass hitters garnered NFCA All-Region selections during her tenure.
Hayward spent the 2015 season as a graduate assistant at LSU under head coach Beth Torina. The Tigers opened the year with 25-consecutive victories and spent three weeks as the No. 1 ranked team in the country, before ending the season with a 52-14 record and a third-place finish at the Women's College World Series. LSU's coaching staff was named the Division I South Region Staff of the Year by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
Hayward has been a member of the Canadian Senior National Team since 2009. When she made the squad in 2009 at 16 years old, she became the youngest player ever to join the senior team. She has been a mainstay in the outfield and has won six medals in international competition. Hayward was the 19th overall selection in the 2014 National Pro Fastpitch Draft by the Pennsylvania Rebellion.
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Washington ('14)
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Tori Tyson Assistant Coach
Tyson joined Maryland in the summer of 2017 as the squad's pitching coach after helping lead Cal State Fullerton to two straight NCAA Regional appearances and two Big West Conference Championships. Fullerton's pitchers thrived under Tyson, pitching 46 complete games with 24 shutouts while posting a team ERA under 2.70 the past two seasons.
Fullerton's Kelsey Kessler was named a 2017 first team All-Big West and second team NFCA All-Region selection, holding a league-best 1.02 ERA in 75.1 innings while leading the conference in wins.
Titans Sydney Golden and Desiree Ybarra benefited mightily from Tyson joining the coaching staff in 2016, as they were named Big West Freshman Pitcher of the Year and Big West Pitcher of the Year.
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Nebraska ('12)
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Kelsey Hieb Athletic Trainer
Kelsey Hieb joined the Sports Medicine team in July 2016 and works with the Terrapins Women’s Softball and Spirit Squad.
Hieb came to Maryland after a one year internship position at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. While at MSU she had full autonomy working with Women’s Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Tennis, and Cheerleading; which went on to claim the MEAC all-girls title and placed 6th at NCA’s. She also gained experience helping with the football, women’s basketball and softball programs.
Prior to joining Morgan State, Hieb was a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at Normal Community High School in Normal, Illinois for two years while completing her Masters of Science in Athletic Training with an emphasis on manual therapy techniques at Illinois State University. In her last year she led four teams to State Championships. She completed her research project on the Analysis of the Functional Movement Screen: A Predictor of Physical Fitness Test Scores in ROTC Cadets.
Hieb attended Iowa State University where she completed her Bachelors of Science degree in Athletic Training and also served as a student athletic trainer for the NCAA D1 football, softball, and swimming and diving programs. She was a student representative and Vice President for the Iowa Athletic Training Society’s Student Leadership Council.
She has been a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) since 2010, and is currently CPR/AED and Graston Technique® certified.
Hieb is a native of Chicago, Illinois and currently resides in Laurel, MD.
Position: Athletic Trainer
Alma Mater: Iowa State ('13) Illinois State (MS '15)
Graduating Year: 2013
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