Tracey Kee Announces The Hiring Of Kozlowski As Associate Head Coach
Natalie Kozlowski enters her first year with the Mean Green as the associate head coach for the softball team.
In her last stop, Kozlowski was the Director of Education for the NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) in Louisville, KY.
Prior to that, Kozlowski spent 12 years with the East Carolina, including the last six as an associate head coach, working primarily with the offense and outfielders. In addition to her on-field work, Kozlowski was the Pirates' recruiting coordinator, scouting director and conditioning coach.
Kozlowski was part of two National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Mideast Region Coaching Staff-of-the-Year awards. The staff she was a part of guided the Pirates to consecutive NCAA Tournament regional final appearances and Conference USA Tournament championships while capturing the program's first C-USA regular season crown in 2010.
In addition to sharing the NFCA regional honor, Kozlowski has been an invaluable asset to Kee when the latter was named the C-USA Coach-of-the-Year in 2005, 2009 and 2010. From 2001-12, the Pirates amassed a record of 482-280-1with Kozlowski as an assistant or associate head coach. In eight of those seasons, the team reached 40 or more victories.
Prior to arriving at East Carolina, Kozlowski was an assistant to the softball team for one year and to the basketball team for two at Towson University in Towson, Md. She also spent two years as an assistant with the George Mason University softball program in Fairfax, Va., before her stint at Towson. Kozlowski gained additional experience coaching softball and basketball for three years at Smith Academy High School in Hatfield, Mass.
Kozlowski earned a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science from Hofstra University, where she was a member of the basketball and softball teams for four seasons. On the basketball court, she led the Pride in assists as a junior with 78 after being named the team's most improved player a year earlier.
She played softball for one of the most recognized coaches in the game, Bill Edwards, who was inducted into the NFCA Hall of Fame in 2009 and is a nine-time NFCA Region Coach-of-the-Year. Kozlowski's 1992 team finished the year as the regular-season East Coast Conference champion, league-tournament champion and No. 3 ranked squad in the Northeast Region. As a freshman, she was honored as the most improved player. Her senior year, Kozlowski was named an all-conference selection while also earning honors as a District I GTE Academic All-America. She also earned the Dr. Sylvia J. Giallombardo Award for academic and athletic excellence, one of the most prestigious awards given at Hofstra.
After graduating from Hofstra, Kozlowski enrolled at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she earned a Master of Science degree in exercise physiology in 1995.
In 1996, the Elmira, N.Y., native was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Notre Dame High School. During her four years at the institution, she earned 12 varsity letters as a member of the basketball, softball, soccer, track and volleyball squads.
Kozlowski is an avid runner and biker, who has completedsix marathons,six half-marathons, andseven 10-mile races.
She is the youngest of Ted and Ann Kozlowski's five children.