MEDFORD, Mass. -- With the team's 10-0 win against Colby College in the first game of a double-header last Saturday, Tufts head coach Cheryl Milligan joined the 400 career victories club.
One of the winningest coaches in Division III softball, Milligan currently has a 403-112 record during 12 seasons (2004-15) with the Jumbos. The team has averaged 33.6 wins per season during her coaching career.
Coach Milligan guided Tufts to back-to-back NCAA championships in 2013 and 2014. The 2014 squad's final mark of 47-4 is the seventh-most wins for a season in NCAA DIII history and the 19th-best winning percentage (.922). The 2013 team's 46-3 final record was a .939 winning percentage that ranks eighth all-time for DIII. Milligan was also at the helm of the 2009 Tufts team that finished 44-3 for a .936 winning percentage that ranks 11th.
Among active and all-time coaches, Milligan's career winning percentage ranks among the top 10. Entering this season, her 355-112 record was a .760 success rate that placed seventh among active coaches and eighth all-time. With the 2015 Jumbos at 38-0 heading into this weekend's NESCAC Championship tournament, Milligan's 403-112 record is now a .782 winning percentage.
With 40 wins in a row, including two against Salisbury to win the national championship last May, the Jumbos are currently on the second-longest winning streak in NCAA DIII history under Coach Milligan. They have won 49 consecutive NESCAC East Division games and are three-time defending conference champions.
A four-year starter at shortstop and an assistant coach for six years at Tufts, Milligan was promoted to head coach of the Jumbos in July 2003. The transition included a 16-16 first season, but the Jumbos have made seven NCAA Tournament appearances and won six NESCAC titles in the years since. The Jumbos have posted a 134-14 record since 2012.