- Stacie Pestrak
Volunteer Assistant Coach – Second Season
- Florida ‘06
Florida volunteer assistant coach Stacie Pestrak enters her second season as volunteer assistant coach in 2015. She played for the Gators for two years (2005-06), and returned to Gainesville after she spent the 2013 campaign as an assistant coach at SUNY Buffalo. Pestrak works with all players on the squad, and occasionally serves as the Gators’ first-base coach. The Orange and Blue captured the first national title in program history during Pestrak’s first season on the UF staff
As a player, Pestrak helped the Gators to two straight NCAA Tournament appearances and garnered 2006 SEC Academic Honor Roll accolades. She still ranks fourth in the Gators record book for single-season sacrifice hits (13) from 2005 – her initial season with Florida. Pestrak was 31-of-39 on the base paths, including 14 straight steals in 2005. The utility player was a junior college All-America in 2004 at Santa Fe College prior to stepping foot on the UF campus. She also earned the Florida Community College Athletic Association's Jean Williams Scholar-Athlete Award and was a two-time Academic All-State selection.
Following her Gator playing career, Pestrak spent two years in the National Pro Fastpitch League with the Philadelphia Force before beginning her coaching career at Northwestern State University, where she helped the Demons go from a five-win season in 2009 to a 27-win campaign in 2010. One season later, Northwestern State won 32 games. She was responsible for player skill development for defense (infield and outfield), base running and bunting; while assisting in the development of hitting, conditioning and game strategy.
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