Denis, Peterson Join Yale Softball Coaching Staff

Both Bring Strong Credentials

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – First-year Yale softball coach Jen Goodwin has completed her coaching staff with the hiring of Denise Denis as an assistant coach and Cheryl Peterson as a volunteer assistant.  

Denis, a personal trainer in the tri-state area, is a coach/instructor at Bobby Valentine's Sports Academy. She also has been the Director of Training/Sport Performance Trainer at the Parisi Speed School in Stamford, Conn.

Denis was an NFCA Northeast All-Region selection as a senior at UMass. She also earned first team All-ECAC and Atlantic 10 honors. UMass won the A-10 championship in each of her four years and she participated in the NCAA Regionals each year.

Denis remains active as a player with the Stratford Brakettes, helping the team to six national ASA titles. She is a two-time National Most Valuable Player selection and a seven-time first team All-American. In addition, she is second in career home runs for the Brakettes.

Denis is a 2005 UMass graduate.

"Denise brings a wealth of experience as an outfielder as well as in the batter's box, so I'll look forward to seeing our outfield play improve under her guidance," Goodwin said. "I'm also excited to have a UMass graduate on our staff as they are a storied program with a history of success so her experience from her collegiate playing days will also be a great addition to this staff."

Peterson comes to Yale after serving as an assistant coach at York College last spring, her second stint with the Spartans.  She had served as a volunteer assistant coach in 2010 when she helped York to a 36-9 overall record and a berth in the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament championship game. In 2011, Peterson returned to her alma mater, Penn State-Behrend, serving as a graduate assistant coach while completing her master's degree in business administration.

In addition, she has extensive coaching experience with travel softball squads in California, including serving as the head coach for the San Diego Landsharks and the San Diego Power Surge. She also served as the assistant coach for The Next Level in San Diego in the summer of 2010, helping lead the team to a second-place finish at the U-14 Triple Crown World Series.

Peterson was a four-year starter at PSU-Behrend and was a three-time All-Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference selection. At the time of her graduation, she ranked in the top-10 in program history in doubles, batting average, hits, singles, RBI, at bats and runs scored. She also played with the USA Athletes International softball squad that captured first place at the Darwin Games in Darwin, Australia.

She is a 2003 graduate of PSU-Behrend.

"Cheryl has a great knowledge of the game and a keen eye for seeing the small details on which we need to improve," Goodwin said. "On the field, she will mainly work with our catchers and outfielders, but what I'm most excited about is that she is a whiz in the office. With the technology we are embracing this year, she will have a big hand in helping us with video analysis as well as scouting our opponents."

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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