Aug. 29, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Boilermaker coaching tree added another branch this week as former pitcher Suzie Rzegocki was named an assistant coach for Boston University.
"It is my great pleasure to welcome Suzie to the BU Softball family," first-year head coach Kathryn Gleason said. "I have competed against Suzie during my time in the Big Ten, and I always admired the drive and passion she presented on the mound in leading her Boilermaker team. She will be responsible for our pitching staff as well as assist in all aspects of the program. I know she will bring great enthusiasm to Boston University and our program with her commitment to the overall student-athlete experience on the field, in the classroom and in the community."
Gleason was an assistant coach for Purdue from 2001-04 and subsequently at Michigan State during Rzegocki's career, while Rzegocki rewrote the Boilermaker pitching records book from 2008-2011.
Rzegocki joins the Terriers after an impressive four-year career in which she helped lead the Boilermakers to two NCAA regional appearances. Departing after the 2011 season with seven school career records, she recorded a team-best 86 wins against 60 losses with a 2.18 ERA. She also struck out 728 hitters and shut out 29 teams in 940.2 innings of work.
In one of her highlight performances as a junior, she no-hit Ball State and added three hits of her own, including two home runs, for a 7-0 victory.
An All-American in high school and Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year, she garnered Big Ten All-Conference Third Team honors as a sophomore and Academic All-Big Ten accolades her senior year at Purdue.
This past year, she served as a the co-head varsity coach at Tri-County H.S. in Wolcott, Ind., and this summer as an assistant coach for the Bulls/Sox Academy.
She joins a team that returns 14 players from last year's 41-16 squad that earned its first-ever No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Other Boilermaker players in the coaching ranks include Jenna Alexander
(2007-10), Liz Allum (2007-10), Brooke Baker-Runyon (2004-07), Jesse Jones
(2000-03) and Kelly Miller
Alexander is a graduate assistant at Central Michigan, while Allum was the 2012 interim head coach/graduate assistant at Otterbein University in Ohio. Baker-Runyon is the head coach at Andrean High School in Merrillville, Ind., and the travel softball general manager at the Bulls/Sox Academy. Jones was recently named the associate head coach at Buffalo after four years as an assistant. Miller was named assistant coach at St. Francis University in Sept. 2011. Many others give back through travel ball and other grass roots softball programs throughout the country.