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James Kolaitis
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Troy
Graduating Year: 2007
Experience: 1 Year
Phone: 541-346-5499

Jimmy Kolaitis is in his second season as an assistant coach with the Oregon softball team.

Kolaitis made an immediate impact with the Ducks in his first year in Eugene, working with Oregon's hitters and outfielders.

In 2014, the Ducks scored more runs (445), posted more RBIs (394), tallied more hits (604), hit for a higher average (.342) and hit for a higher slugging percentage (.518) than any other team in program history. The Ducks also posted a single-season record 20 triples and were seven walks (230) away from breaking that UO record (236) as well.

Kolaitis and the Ducks won a program-record 56 games and earned the team's second straight Pac-12 title in 2014 en route to UO's third Women's College World Series appearance.

In the outfield, Kolaitis coached left fielder Janie Takeda to third team All-America honors and first team all-Pac-12 accolades in 2014. Perhaps more impressively, Kolaitis helped catcher Alexa Peterson transitition to right field and the senior was named first team all-Pac-12 and second team all-Pacific Region following the season. Center fielder Koral Costa was a second team all-Pac-12 choice while outfielder/designated player Alyssa Gillespie was an honorable mention all-league pick as well.

Kolaitis worked as the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator for five years at South Alabama before joining the Ducks.

The Jaguars posted a 174-95-1 record in his five years with the team and averaged 40 wins per season over the last three years, never finishing worse than third in the Sun Belt Conference. Kolaitis started at South Alabama in 2009, just two years after the program was first created in 2007. His best season was in 2012, when South Alabama posted a 17-3 conference record that year, winning both the Sun Belt regualr season and tournament titles, before hosting an NCAA Regional. The Jaguars earned their first ever top-25 ranking in 2012.

In addition to working at South Alabama, Kolaitis served as an assistant coach for the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch League during the summer of 2013.

Before joining South Alabama in 2009, Kolaitis worked for four seasons (2005-08) as the Director of Baseball Operations at his alma mater, Troy. The Trojans won two conference titles (the Atlantic Sun in 2005 and the Sun Belt in 2006) and made two NCAA Regional appearances during his time with the program.

Kolaitis was an assistant baseball coach at Southwest Tennessee Community College from 2002-2004, helping STCC break 29 offensive records and set a school record with 40 wins in 2004. He also served as the hitting coach for the Mat-su Miners in 2008, a team in the Alaskan League, a wood bat summer baseball league. The Miners lead the league in home runs that year.

Kolaitis graduated from Troy in 2007. His wife's name is Jessica.

Oregon (assistant coach, 2014-pres.), Chicago Bandits (assistant coach, 2013), South Alabama (assistant coach, 2009-13), Mat-su Miners Alaskan League (baseball asssitant coach, 2008), Troy (director of baseball operations, 2005-08), Southwest Tennessee Community College (baseball assistant coach, 2002-04), Lee Scott Academy HS (baseball assistant coach, 2002).