EUGENE, Ore. – University of Oregon head softball coach Mike White has announced Jimmy Kolaitis as an assistant coach. Kolaitis joins the program after spending the previous five seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator with the University of South Alabama.
“We are very excited to add Jimmy to our staff,” said White. “He is an excellent recruiter and has acquired many contacts through his networking abilities over his years of coaching. Jimmy will fit right into our program as he has similar philosophy on hitting and is able to communicate his ideas very well to players. In my opinion, Jimmy is the hidden jewel of the south and he will have an immediate impact on our program,” said White.
Kolaitis will join a Duck program with the highest of expectations after a banner-season last year. Oregon went 50-11 overall with a 19-5 mark in Pac-12 play to capture its first ever conference crown. The Ducks finished the season ranked ninth in both the USA Softball and NFCA coaches polls after advancing to the NCAA Super Regional finale.
“Mike White is a proven winner at both the college and international level,” said Kolaitis. “I am humbled and elated to join Coach White’s staff and look forward to our quest to Oklahoma City.”
“I am excited to join a prestigious program like Oregon. I believe what the institution has to offer is second to none. I want to thank everyone that has helped me get there, and I look forward to winning a National Championship.”
Kolaitis was a major factor in South Alabama’s rise to power after the program’s inception in 2007. Joining the staff in the 2009 season, the Jaguars went on to a 174-95-1 record the next five years under Kolaitis. South Alabama averaged over 40 wins a season the past three years and never finished lower than third place in the Sun Belt Conference.
South Alabama made its first NCAA postseason berth in 2012, won the Sun Belt Conference tournament title and finished with a 41-17 record. Kolaitis and the Jaguars had a record-breaking season last year, advancing all the way to the NCAA Regional championship game with a 48-9 overall record. South Alabama had a 17-3 conference record, winning the Sun Belt regular season and tournament title. The Jaguars became the youngest team since 1988 to host an NCAA Regional, and were ranked nationally in the top-25 for the first time in its seven year history.
Prior to his stint with the Jaguars, Kolaitis spent four seasons at Troy as the Director of Baseball Operations. The Trojans captured two conference championships (2005, Atlantic Sun; 2006, Sun Belt) and made two NCAA Regional appearances during his time with the program.
Kolaitis served as an assistant coach at Southwest Tennessee Community College from 2002-04. During his tenure, STCC captured its first conference championship, made its first NCAA Regional berth and set a program record with 40 victories in the 2004 season. Kolaitis, who served as a hitting coach, helped guide the program to 29 new offensive records during their record-breaking 2004 campaign.
In the summer of 2008, Kolaitis joined the Mat-su Miners as a hitting coach for the Alaskan League, a premier wood bat summer league for top collegiate players. The team led the league in home runs during his time as hitting coach.
Kolaitis earned his Bachelor’s Degree in business from Troy University in 2007. Kolaitis is married to his wife, the former Jessica Stauffacher.