NEWMAC and ECAC New England Coach of the Year 2016 and NEWMAC Coach of the Year 2019
Whitney Goldstein begins her eighth year on Boynton Hill in 2020-21.
Due to the global pandemic, the 2020 softball season ended while on the teams spring break trip in Southern California going 3-1.
In her first seven seasons at WPI, Whitney (Mollica) Goldstein has led the Engineer’s to a program best 196-72 record while separating WPI Softball as a regional power earning three NCAA Regional Championships (2015, 2016, 2019), and two NCAA Super Regional appearances (2015, 2016). 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 220-84 (.723%) record in eight seasons as a head coach, in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 the Engineers captured NEWMAC Regular Season Titles along with winning the NEWMAC Championship in 2016 and 2019 while also being ranked as high as 11th nationally in the NFCA Coach’s Poll in 2017. Goldstein was also named NEWMAC Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2019. Community wise, the softball program has had involvement with Team IMPACT, raising money for ALS, Girls Inc. in Worcester, and the Worcester JCC in 2020. Goldstein recently was a featured speaker at the Mohegan Sun’s World Coaches’ Convention in January 2019.
During an outstanding 2019 campaign, the Engineers were crowned the NEWMAC Champions while also earning a berth to the NCAA Regionals for the third time in last five seasons. Finishing 33-11, WPI won the regular season title, along with Caraline Wood being named a first Team NFCA All-American which she joined fellow alumni Ama Biney '18 and Nina Murphy-Cook '18 in this category. Biney and Murphy-Cook graduated as two of the most decorated student-athletes in WPI Softball history. Biney recently won the NCAA Top 10 Award given to the best of their sport(s) amongst all NCAA Divisions in January 2019. First year Lindsay Ambrosino was named NEWMAC Rookie of the Year (WPI winning the last 4 of 5) while Wood, Ambrosino, Marissa Gonzales, and Mackenzie Phillips were named to a NEWMAC All-Conference team. Caraline Wood was also the 2019 NEWMAC Athlete of the Year along with Goldstein as Coach of the Year.
In eight as a head coach, Goldstein has coached 32 All-Conference selections, 24 NFCA All-Region nods, four NEWMAC Rookie of the Year, three NEWMAC Player of the Year, four NFCA All-Americans, eight Academic All-American, and 15 Capital One Division III Academic All-District team players by the College Sports Information Directors of America (Co-SIDA).
Goldstein was hired in June of 2013 as head softball coach at WPI. Goldstein spent the previous three seasons at 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 - starting 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.
(Mollica) 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 two dogs Jack Russell Zona and new quarantine puppy, Black Mouth Curr mix, Lilly.