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Ashley Obrest assumed control of the Boston College softball program for the 2012 season and enters her fourth year as head coach of the Eagles.
The Eagles had a 14-38 record under Obrest in 2013 and were led offensively by Tory Speer, who was named captain for the 2014 season along with Nicole D'Argento and Alana DiMaso. Speer hit 15 homeruns to set a single-season Boston College record and earned second-team All-ACC Honors.
In her first campaign, Obrest guided Boston College to its first 20-win season in five years. The new skipper guided the Eagles to their best start in the previous decade, winning 10 of the first 12 games, before finishing with a 23-30 (3-18 ACC) mark. BC was victorious in the games versus NCAA Tournament teams, including the first defeat of a nationally ranked team (North Carolina) in three seasons. Under Obrest's tutelage, junior Nicole D'Argento pitched and hit her way to First Team All-ACC honors and freshman second baseman Andrea Filler collected a second team accolade.
Following a two-year stint as the assistant coach, Obrest was promoted to head coach of Colgate University in July 2010. The 2011 season saw the Elmwood Park, Ill. native set a school record for most wins by a first year head coach (27) and led the Raiders to a regular season Patriot League title with a 16-3 conference mark.
Colgate earned numerous honors under Obrest's tutelage. Rachel LeCoq was voted the Patriot League Pitcher of the Year and a first team All-League selection en route to being named to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Northeast All-Region second team. Tera Vaughan was tabbed as the 2011 Patriot League Rookie of the Year, the NCAA Division I Hardest Person to Strike Out and was anot first team All-Patriot League selection. The Raiders also had four Patriot League second team honorees and a quartet of Academic Honor Roll selections that same year.
During the 2009 and 2010 seasons, Colgate received four first team and five second team All-Patriot League selections, one All-Region honoree and had nine Academic Honor Roll achievements.
Prior to joining Colgate, Obrest has served as an assistant coach at Concordia University in Chicago and as a private hitting and catching instructor for the Chicago White Sox Training Academy from 2007-08.
While at Boston College, Obrest was a four-year letter winner. The catcher was the first Eagles softball player to garner an ACC Player of the Week accolade. As of her hire date, Obrest was still listed in the school's record book for career runs batted in (95), as well as single-season on-base percentage (.423) and walks (28). The '07 grad was also a part of numerous SAAC initiatives, including the Pen Pal Program, Food for Families and the hospital visitation programs.
Obrest earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Boston College in 2007, before going on to achieve a Master of Science in Sport Management from SUNY Cortland in 2010.
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