NEWMAC and ECAC New England Coach of the Year 2016
Whitney Goldstein begins her 6th year on Boynton Hill in 2018-19.
In her first five seasons at WPI, Whitney (Mollica) Goldstein led the Engineer’s to a program best 160-60 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 184-72 (.719) record in six 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 Coaches Poll. Community-wise, the softball program has had involvement with Team IMPACT, raising money for ALS, and is currently working with Girls Inc. in Worcester.
During another successful season in 2018, the Engineers were crowned as the NCAA Division III Statistical Champion with 28 triples in 42 games to go along with 127 stolen bases (6th NCAA). Ama Biney completed an All-NCAA record of 98 consecutive stolen bases without being caught and Nina Murphy-Cook finished second all-time in Division III with 174 stolen bases. Biney and Murphy-Cook graduated as two of the most decorated student-athletes in WPI Softball history. Biney earned NEWMAC Softball Athlete of the Year as Marissa Gonzales garnered Rookie of the Year recognition as WPI has earned this accolade three of the last of four years. Caraline Wood joined Biney on the first team all conference, while Murphy-Cook, Gonzales, Kelsey Saucier and Renee LeClaire were named to the second team. Biney, Murphy-Cook, Wood, Gonzales and LeClaire also earned NFCA All-Region as Biney became the program's first-ever NFCA All-America First Team selection, and Murphy-Cook in 2015 and 2016 earned 3rd and 2nd team respectively.
In six seasons as a head coach, Goldstein has coached 18 All-Conference selections, 18 NFCA All-Region nods, three NEWMAC Rookies of the Year, two NEWMAC Players of the Year, three NFCA All-Americans, as well as six Google Cloud Academic All-Americans and 12 Academic All-District team honors as selected 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.
(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 Jack Russell Zona.