NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. -- Jill Karwoski, the former associate head coach at Boston College, has been named the head softball coach at Merrimack.

“I would like to thank Mr. Hofmann for this opportunity with the softball program and respect his commitment towards progress,” Karowski said. “Most importantly, I look forward to becoming a part of the department’s evolving expectation for higher achievement and growth. I am excited to accept the offer to join the vision of Merrimack College.”

“Jill brings a tremendous amount of experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to Merrimack,” athletic director Glenn Hofmann said. “She is the perfect candidate to lead what should be a very successful program this spring and for many years to come.”

The associate head coach at Boston College since 2007, Karwoski served as the recruiting coordinator and produced the 2011 ACC Rookie of the Year, the first in the program’s history. Training the infield and assisting with the offense, BC finished second in the league in homers and slugging percentage, while setting the school record for homers with 57.

“I am extremely excited and fortunate to take over as head coach for a nationally recognized and successful softball program at Merrimack,” Karwoski said. “I am confident the foundations for success have been laid and feel fortunate to be able to inherit a program that has physically acted on its opportunity to improve and grow as a team. With enhanced communication, loyalty, and enthusiasm, my mission will be to ignite the student-athlete experience while maintaining on-field progress and development.”

Previously, Karwoski served as the head coach at Morehead State from 2004-07. Under her guidance, Morehead State recorded the program’s best record since 1999 and tied a single-season mark for wins, while setting the field percentage mark.

A former Division II student-athlete at Lewis State, Karwoski was a three-time NFCA All-American Scholar Athlete and a two-time all-region selection.