Head Softball Coach
Michelle DePolo heads into her eighth season as Army’s head coach and ninth as a member of the coaching staff. DePolo is most recently coming off an incredible season where the team competed to the runner-up position in the Patriot League Championships. The 2016 team closed-out the season with a 39-20 record to post the winningest season in program history. The most wins prior to the 2016 season was 37 in 2012 when the team went 37-21 also under DePolo. She mentored 2016 graduate Kasey McCravey who made her mark in virtually every category of the Black Knights’ record books. McCravey gained national attention this season when she leapt over the Lehigh catcher to score the go-ahead run in the league semi-finals. It was the top play on Sports Center and was up for the “Best Play” ESPY. The Cadets took away three of five major awards from the Patriot League as McCravey garnered Player of the Year disctinction, freshman Renee Poirier earned Rookie of the Year honors and DePolo was named the Coach of the Year for the second time in her career. DePolo, who also serves as the pitching coach, mentored Poirier this season as the nation’s leader in saves. Poirier finished the season with 11 saves to break the Academy and Patriot League single-season saves record. DePolo clinched her 200th career win when the team defeated Yale this spring and is the second winningest coach in program history.
Gina McCool is in her second year as the Army West Point Assistant Softball Coach. It is the first collegiate coaching position for the recent Rider graduate who played shortstop for the Broncs. McCool joined the program with three Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Academic honors under her belt. The 2015 graduate started in all 193 games in her career at Rider and graduated with 147 hits, tied for 23rd best all-time. McCool had 10 multiple hit games as a senior and went on a seven game hitting streak. She ranked second on the team in her final season in batting average (.326) and RBIs (23). McCool recorded just nine errors in 192 chances for a .953 fielding percentage. In the summers from 2013-15, McCool served as the volunteer assistant coach for the 18U Marlton Thunder Select team. McCool, a native of Marlton, N.J., graduated summa cum laude from Rider with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2015.
Bri Strecker begins her first season as an assistant coach with the Army softball program in 2017. Strecker comes to the program after a two-year stint as an assistant at Tufts University in Medford, Mass. During her first season at Tufts in 2015, Strecker helped guide the program to its third consecutive NCAA Division III National Championship after the team completed a perfect 51-0 season. She was part of the Tufts coaching staff that was named Division III National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) National Coaching Staff of the Year following the championship run in 2015. Strecker played catcher all four years and earned Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Player of the Year honors as a senior. She was a two-year team captain and a two-time selection to the All-MASCAC first team, while leading Bridgewater State to a MASCAC Championship and a NCAA Tournament appearance in 2013.