WORCESTER, Mass. -- WPI Director of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics Dana L. Harmon has announced the hiring of Whitney (Mollica) Goldstein as the head softball coach. Goldstein, who will have additional responsibilities within the department, including teaching physical education classes, replaces the recently-retired George Legacy.

Goldstein spent the last three seasons at regional power Amherst, including serving as the interim head coach during the 2013 campaign. Prior to her coaching, Goldstein was an All-America at Division I UMass, leading the Minutewomen to four consecutive Atlantic 10 championships and NCAA tournaments, including a Super Regional appearance in 2006.

"Whitney has enjoyed great success at every level as a player and coach,” Harmon said. “We are fortunate to have someone of her abilities lead our softball program now in the years to come.”

Goldstein guided the Lord Jeffs to a 24-12 record this past spring with the 24 wins representing the second-highest victory total in the last 15 years. Known for her hitting prowess at UMass, Goldstein’s Amherst squad hit .344 this past season, an improvement of 80 points since her first season in 2011, and ranking in the top 25 among all DIII programs. She also created and directed the Amherst Softball Clinic.  

As an assistant, Goldstein played a key role on the 2012 Amherst team that rattled of wins in its first 22 contests en route to a 36-6 record. The Lord Jeffs earned a bid to the NCAA championships for the first time since 1999 and hosted a regional for the first time in program history. Their 18-win increase from the season before marked the 10th best single-season improvement in DIII history.

“I would like to thank athletic director Dana Harmon and the entire WPI Athletics staff for welcoming me into their department,” Goldstein said. “To have an opportunity to be at such a prestigious institution mixed with the vibrancy and sense of community from the department is amazing.  It sure is an exciting time to lead the WPI softball program.”     

Goldstein, who hails from Windham, N.H., was a highly decorated softball student-athlete at UMass. She burst onto the Atlantic 10 scene by becoming the first player in conference history to be named both Player and Rookie of the Year in the same season. Goldstein was a two-time All-Region selection and a 2006 All-American. A fixture at third base for the Minutemen -- starting in 217 of her team’s games -- Goldstein posted a .341 career batting average while belting 28 home runs and a registering a program-record 156 RBIs.

“The future here at WPI is very bright with brand new athletic facilities, including a state-of-art softball field,” Goldstein said. “I am excited to work with the passionate and talented WPI student-athletes to maintain a selfless environment and winning culture.”