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 Galasso Assistant Coach
Maryland softball head coach Julie Wright announced the addition of Victoria "Vicky" Galasso as assistant coach in August of 2018. Galasso will serve as the Terrapins' hitting coach while helping assist in all facets of the program.
"Vicky is an outstanding young talent who brings a great eye for the game," said Wright. "She is an impressive teacher and a high character individual. Her ability to develop our players as complete student-athletes will have a huge impact. I cannot wait for her to get started."
Galasso joins the Maryland coaching staff after serving as a head coach in the Utah Batbusters Club Softball organization. Galasso was also a personal trainer at LIFT at Station Park and crossfit coach at Ogden Athletic Club.
Before her time with the Batbusters, Galasso was an assistant coach for Weber State University during the 2016-17 season. At Weber State, she helped coach the team to a 37-22-1 record and a Big Sky Championship. Takesha Saltern was named the Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year during Galasso's tutelage, while ten Wildcat earned All-Conference honors that year. Galasso's hitting system powered Weber State to a .344 average in conference play.
Galasso had an award-winning career at Idaho State University, where she played four years under Wright. Galasso was a two-time Big Sky Conference Player of the Year, a three-time NFCA All-Region honoree and a USA Softball Top-50 Watch List selection while garnering ESPNW National Player of the Week honors during her career. Galasso played professionally in the National Pro Fastpitch League for the Dallas Charge and Chicago Bandits. In her rookie season on the Chicago Bandits, Galasso was a member of the Bandits' league championship team.
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Idaho State University
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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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KAITLYN GUSTAFSON Athletic Trainer
Position: Athletic Trainer
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