Arts and Sciences
Cheryl Milligan, J95, who directed the Tufts University softball team to three consecutive NCAA Championships from 2013 to 2015, announced today that she will step down as head coach of the Jumbos.Lauren Ebstein, A07, currently the associate head coach of Tufts Softball, has been promoted to interim head coach.
Under Milligan’s leadership, Tufts became the first team in NCAA Division III softball history to win three consecutive national championships. In 2015, Tufts finished 51-0 while capturing the national championship. Their 7-4 victory over the University of Texas-Tyler in the national final extended Tufts’ NCAA Division III record winning streak to 53 games, dating back to the two wins which clinched the 2014 national title over Salisbury. The 2015 Tufts team tied the NCAA Division III record for the most wins in a season.
The Jumbos played in five NCAA College World Series overall under Milligan. She directed the team into the NCAA finals in 2009 and 2012 as well. The 2012 team finished tied for fifth nationally and the 2009 squad was fourth. In addition to their perfect 51-0 season in 2015, Tufts also had remarkable records of 44-3 (.936) in 2009, 41-7 (.854) in 2012, 46-3 (.939) in 2013 and 47-4 (.922) in 2014. Tufts’ 51-0 record is the best in NCAA history, while 2009, 2013, and 2014 all rank among the all-time top 20 for winning percentage.
“Cheryl’s contributions to Tufts Athletics as a student-athlete, coach, leader, mentor, and colleague are immeasurable,” Director of Athletics John Morris said. “Her dedication to our student-athletes, and her commitment to achieving academic and athletic excellence in equal measure have been unwavering during her twenty-seven years as a Jumbo. Cheryl and her family will always be Jumbos, and we wish them all the best.”
The 2013 Tufts squad was the first New England team to win the NCAA softball championship since Eastern Connecticut State University in 1990. Milligan and her staff were recognized as the National Coaching Staff of the Year at the National …