NEWMAC and ECAC New England Coach of the Year 2016
Whitney Goldstein returns for her fifth campaign on Boynton Hill in 2018.
In her first four seasons at WPI, Whitney (Mollica) Goldstein led the Engineer’s to a program best 131-47 record while earning two NCAA Regional Championships, and two NCAA Super Regional appearances. Their 38 wins in 2016 set a new school record for most wins by a team at WPI and also a single-season record in WPI Softball program history. Combining for a 155-59 (.724) record in five seasons as a head coach, in 2016 and 2017, the Engineers captured back to back NEWMAC regular season titles along with winning the NEWMAC Championship in 2016 while also being ranked as high as 11th nationally in the NFCA Coach’s Poll. Goldstein in 2016 earned NEWMAC Coach of the Year along with ECAC Regional Coach of the year. Community-wise, the softball program has had involvement with Team IMPACT, raising money for ALS, and currently working with Girls Inc. in Worcester.
The Engineer’s continued their successful ways in every offensive category during the 2017 season hitting an impressive .344 team average (19th NCAA), 290 runs scored, and a standout 92 team stolen bases (24th NCAA). The program saw two CoSIDA Academic First Team All-Americans in Lindsay Gurska and Hope Shevchuk. Freshmen Mackenzie Phillips earned NEWMAC Rookie of the Year, while four different players made an all-conference team (Ama Biney, Renee LeClaire, Cassie Graca, and Mackenzie Phillips). Junior Ama Biney, and Sophomore Renee LeClaire made NFCA First Team All-Region.
In five seasons as a head coach, Goldstein has coached 18 All-Conference selections, 12 NFCA All-Region nods, 2 NEWMAC Rookies of the Year, 1 NEWMAC Player of the Year, 2 NFCA All-Americans, 5 Academic All-American, and 11 Capital One Division III Academic All-District team players by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Goldstein was hired in June of 2013 as head softball coach at WPI. Goldstein spent the previous three seasons at regional power Amherst College, including serving as the interim head coach during the 2013 campaign. Goldstein guided the Lord Jeffs to a 24-12 record in 2013 with the 24 wins representing the second highest victory total in the last 15 years. Known for her hitting prowess at UMass Amherst, Goldstein’s Amherst squad hit .344, an improvement of 80 points since her first season in 2011 as an assistant, and ranking in the top 25 among all Division programs.
Prior to her coaching, Goldstein was an All-America at Division I UMass, leading the Minutewomen to four straight Atlantic 10 championships and NCAA Tournaments, including a Super Regional appearance in 2006.
Goldstein, NH state Gatorade Player of the Year in 2005, who hails from Windham, NH, was a highly decorated softball student-athlete at UMass. She was the first player in conference history to be named both Player and Rookie of the Year in the same season. Goldstein was a three-time All-Region selection and a 2006 All-American. A fixture at third base for the Minutewomen - started in all 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 RBI.
Goldstein is the granddaughter of former major league baseball player/manager and the late Tampa Bay Rays coach Don Zimmer. In 2009 she graduated from UMass Amherst with a degree in Sport Management. She also holds a master's degree in Recreation and Sport Sciences with a concentration in Coaching Education through Ohio University.
Goldstein and her husband Matt, reside in Worcester with their daughter Madison and their Jack Russell Zona.