|Title:||Head Softball Coach|
|Alma Mater:||Bridgewater State University, 2004|
Natalia Ardagna enters her seventh season with the Beacons in 2013, and has set a new standard for winning since taking over as head coach.
Building the program from the ground up, Ardagna has made UMass Boston a consistent winner and participant in the Little East Conference tournament. This past season, she led the Beacons to their program-record third straight trip to the LEC tournament, and earned her 100th career victory as a head coach.
The Beacons also posted a new program-record for players on the All-Conference team, as five position players were honored, including First Teamer Sue Killilea.
UMass Boston finished the 2012 season with their second consecutive postseason berth despite having to replace two-thirds of the team’s pitching staff.
In 2011, she proved that the Beacons continued success was no fluke as she set a new-single season record with 24 wins. It was also in that season, that she led UMass to their first Little East Conference tournament appearance and first postseason win.
The 2010 season truly marked a new chapter in the program’s history as Ardagna’s Beacons set new school records in almost every offensive category including, runs, hits, batting average, total bases, RBI, and slugging percentage. She also coached the conference Rookie of the Year in Killilea, who to-date stands as the only three-time NFCA All-Region honoree (2011 & 2012) in school history.
Wasting no time after arriving on the Harbor Campus, Ardagna’s first team set a school record for hits, as well as setting a new mark for league wins which she has continued to surpass every season she is in the dugout.
Her credentials as a Head Coach are outstanding. Prior to her arrival at UMass Boston, the former catcher spent the three seasons on the Simmons College Softball coaching staff, where she helped the Sharks to three straight playoff appearances, including her final season as the team's Head Coach, which yielded the most victories in school history with 19.
Prior to her coaching career, Ardagna was an outstanding four-year player at Bridgewater State University (MA), where she helped the Bears put together an impressive 104-64-2 record for a 61.8% winning mark, including four straight Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC) titles and three trips to the NCAA Regionals.
While at Bridgewater State, Ardagna earned multiple MASCAC Player of the Week accolades and was named Second Team All-Conference after leading the MASCAC in batting average and runs batted in during her senior season. A native of Revere, she graduated from Bridgewater State in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and a minor in sociology.