In 2016, Jimmy Kolaitis is in his third season as an assistant coach with the Oregon softball team. Kolaitis helped the Ducks to Pac-12 titles and Women's College World Series appearances in both 2014 and 2015.
Kolaitis has made a huge impact in his first two seasons with the Ducks, helping UO's hitters shatter records in 2014 and 2015.
In 2015, the Oregon offense broke the program's single-season records for batting average (.359), slugging percentage (.593), runs per game (7.37), doubles (97), home runs (81), walks (250), RBIs (399) and total bases (927). Many of the records broken were set the year before.
In 2014, Kolaitis' first season in Eugene, the Ducks scored more runs (445), posted more RBIs (394), hit for a higher average (.342) and hit for a higher slugging percentage (.518) than any other team before it. The Ducks posted a single-season record 20 triples.
Also in Kolaitis' first season, Oregon won a school record 56 games, as the Ducks claimed their first ever No. 1 national ranking. UO went 51-8 in 2015, including 21-1 at home. Kolaitis coached third baseman Courtney Ceo to an NCAA batting title as the senior hit .493 on the season, a new school record, after hitting .410 the year prior.
Also working with the outfielders, Kolaitis coached left fielder Janie Takeda to All-America honors in both 2014 and 2015.
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, winning both the Sun Belt regular season and tournament titles, before hosting a 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.
The Bandits won the NPF regular season title in 2013 as Kolaitis mentored the leagues offensive player of the year, Megan Wiggens. The Bandits earned the NPF's coaching staff of the year honors.
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.
JIMMY KOLAITIS COACHING CAREER TIMELINE
Oregon (assistant coach, 2014-pres.), Chicago Bandits (assistant coach, 2013), South Alabama (assistant coach, 2009-13), Mat-su Miners Alaskan League (baseball assistant 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).