Monica Tantlinger
Monica Tantlinger

Lancaster, Calif.

Assistant Coach

3rd year

Alma Mater:
Cal State Fullerton 2006


Softball Camp Registration Open

Winter clinics for hitting, defense and pitching to be held on Jan. 7 and 8.

Monica Tantlinger, a two-year starter at Cal State Fullerton, is in her third year as an assistant coach at Purdue after joining the softball staff on Sept. 1, 2009.

Tantlinger came to the Boilermakers after spending the last three years as an assistant coach at UC Riverside.

"Monica brings a new energy and excitement to the Purdue softball program," head coach Kim Maher said. "As a head coach, it is great to have assistant coaches who are passionate about the sport and put the goalsof the program first. Monica is eager to continue her coaching career in the Big Ten Conference and help with the success of Purdue Softball."

Tantlinger worked with the outfielders and provided hitting instruction for the Highlanders while serving as an assistant coach since September 2006. While at UCR, Tantlinger handled yearly scheduling, equipment and budget needs.

In addition to her coaching responsibilities, the Lancaster, Calif., native, acted as a personal trainer for the UCR Wellness Training Program, helping numerous employees to maintain fitness goals, while logging exercise routines and organizing diet regimens.

"I am excited to work under and learn from Coach Maher and to be a part of a conference as successful as the Big Ten," Tantlinger said. "I am also excited about the traditions not only of Purdue but of the Big Ten. This is a huge opportunity for me and I am excited to contribute and help the Purdue program continue its success."

Tantlinger began her coaching career when she joined the staff of Cal State Fullerton coach Michelle Gromacki as an undergraduate assistant in 2006, while she completed her degree in communications with an emphasis in entertainment studies.

Tantlinger was a two-year letterwinner for the Titans after transferring from Antelope Valley College. The outfielder was one of five Titans to start all 52 games her junior season. She also led the team and finished fifth in the Big West Conference with 12 sacrifice hits that season.

As a senior in 2005, Tantlinger appeared in 33 games, making 25 starts in right field and posting six runs scored and pair of stolen bases.

Prior to her time at Fullerton, Tantlinger spent two seasons at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, Calif, where she was a two-time All-Foothill Conference honoree. As a prepster, she played three seasons of varsity softball at Quartz Hills High School, earning second-team All-Golden League honors as senior.

The daughter of Kevin and Susan Tantlinger and Jim Platts, Monica has two sisters, Lauren and Shelby. Her father, Kevin, who passed away during the summer of 2004, played for the U.S. Men's National Fastpitch Team.