Minuskin begins her 13th year as head coach of the Saint Xavier University softball team. Every coach believes in winning and success, but Minuskin lets her numbers do the talking. Her 12-year record is an impressive 434-210 overall (.674 winning percentage). In the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC), she has amassed a remarkable 172-33 record with eight conference titles. In 2001, 2004, 2006 and 2009, she was named CCAC Coach of the Year and garnered NAIA Region VII Coach of the Year honors in 2001, 2002 and 2004. She understands what it takes to win and prepares her teams to be successful.
Every season, Minuskin puts her team on the map, not just in the CCAC or region, but at the national level. In 2009, the Cougars advanced to the NAIA National Tournament in Decatur, Ala., after earning the top seed in the CCAC Tournament and winning the event to capture the automatic bid. SXU started off well in Decatur picking up a 4-0 victory over No. 11 University of Houston-Victoria (Texas) before dropping a heartbreaker, 2-1, to St. Gregory's University (Okla.). Saint Xavier did finish its pool play strong, however, with a 5-1 victory over Savannah College of Art & Design (Ga.).
Minuskin has coached numerous NAIA All-Americans and NAIA Academic All-Americans. In 2006, she had the unique distinction of coaching the NAIA Softball Player of the Year in Colleen Kilduff. Kilduff set a number of school and NAIA records and was also a NAIA All-American First Team selection, Region VII Player of the Year and CCAC Player of the Year for 2006. It was also the first national player of the year recognition earned by any Saint Xavier University student-athlete in any sport. Kilduff was inducted into the SXU Athletics Hall of Fame in May 2009.
Prior to taking the helm at Saint Xavier University, Minuskin had coaching stints at Valparaiso University, National Louis University and Harper College. In addition to her duties as the head softball coach at SXU, Minuskin is also assistant athletics director for the Cougar Athletics Department. She oversees the seven varsity women's teams at SXU. The graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign holds both a bachelor of arts degree in political science and a master's degree in public administration. The Oak Forest resident also played on the club softball team at Illinois in addition to later coaching it.
Kosinski is also entering her 13th season with the Cougar softball program and serves as the team's pitching coach. Kosinski played at SXU from 1988-92 and still holds school pitching records. She graduated from Saint Xavier University with a degree in accounting.
In 2012, Kosinski's crew posted a 37-16 win-loss record and was ranked atop the CCAC in earned run average (ERA) at 1.79, opposing batters average at .211, hits allowed at 269 and runs allowed with 128. SXU also boasted 14 shutouts and 316 strikeouts on the season.
In 2004, the SXU pitching staff compiled a 36-24 record with a 1.57 earned run average and set school-records with 302 strikeouts, the most no-hitters (5) and most perfect games (2). The staff also had an Honorable Mention NAIA All-American, a NAIA Academic All-American, two NAIA All- Region VII team members, a NAIA Region All-Tournament team member, two CCAC All-Tournament Team members and two All-CCAC First Team members.
The former Girls Catholic Athletic Conference standout was inducted into the GCAC Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2002, Kosinski was also named the National Assistant Coach of the Year by AFLAC and Scholastic Coach and Athletic Director. She currently resides in Munster, Ind.
Mollohan will join the staff in the fall of 2012 in preparation for the 2013 season. Prior to coming to SXU, she was a volunteer assistant coach at Drake University in Iowa. The Tinley Park, Ill., native was a four-year starter for the Drake Bulldogs and twice earned CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District VII honors (2011 & 2010). During her junior year in 2010, Mollohan set Drake's single season doubles record with 18 and also named to the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Second Team.
Her sister, Kate, is currently a senior third baseman for the Cougars. Mollohan was a standout player at Andrew High School in Tinley Park where she helped lead the team to four consecutive regional titles.
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