- Stacie Pestrak
Volunteer Assistant Coach – First Season
- Florida ‘06
Florida volunteer assistant coach Stacie Pestrak enters her first season as volunteer assistant coach with the Gators after spending the past season as an assistant coach at SUNY Buffalo. Pestrak is no stranger to Gainesville and the SEC, having played for the Gators in 2005 and 2006.
As a player for UF, Pestrak assisted 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 in 2005. The utility player was a junior college All-America in 2004 at Santa Fe Community 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.
Pestrak served as an assistant coach at Buffalo during the 2013 season, prior to returning to Gainesville last fall.
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