Jennifer Finley is entering her 15th season as the head softball coach at Boston College. Since coming to the Heights, Finley has developed the program into a nationally competitive team and in the process has become one of the most accomplished coaches in the nation.
In her tenure at Boston College she has led the Eagles to two Big East Tournament Championships, one regular season Big East Co-Championship, and three NCAA Tournament appearances, including the first-ever at-large bid in program history. In 16 years as a head coach, Finley has amassed a career record of 457-373-1, averaging nearly 29 wins per season.
Last year, the Eagles battled through a number of injuries throughout the season to finish 18-33 overall, with a 3-15 ACC record.
In 2008, playing a 63-game season, the longest in the history of the program, the Eagles recorded a 32-31 overall record, with a 7-14 record in the ACC. Team and individual records were shattered as the Eagles navigated a challenging schedule which included nine teams that would eventually earn bids into the 2008 NCAA Tournament. Finley led the Eagles to a sixth place finish in the conference, including a win over Maryland in the ACC Tournament. The Eagles improved their win total by 17 games from the previous season.
In 2007, Finley's Eagles posted an overall record of 15-31. They took a 4-16 conference record into the ACC Tournament. The Eagles came in as the seventh-seed squaring off against the defending league champions from North Carolina State. Finley's team played their game of the year, stunning the Wolfpack 2-0 to become the talk of the tournament. The win marked a historic first ACC Tournament victory for Boston College and signified yet another step forward for Finley's program.
In 2006, the Eagles went 22-26 overall with a 6-15 ACC record in their first trip through the competitive conference.
In 2005, Finley's Eagles posted a 20-25 mark in their final Big East season. In 2004, BC posted a 33-25 overall record. It was the seventh season that a Finley-led team captured 30+ wins in a single season. In addition, the squad posted an 11-9 Big East mark, finishing fourth in the conference.
In 2003, the Eagles put forth one of the most successful seasons in recent program history. With a 14-5 Big East mark, BC captured a share of the regular season championship. After being eliminated from the conference tournament, the team made the most of the post season as it secured the program's first-ever at-large NCAA Tournament bid. As the six seed in the Tucson regional, BC went 2-2 before bowing out. In addition to her team's success, Finley enjoyed some of her own as she collected her career 300th victory on April 13, 2003 with a 9-0 blanking of Virginia Tech.
In 2002, the Eagles posted a 26-26 overall mark and an 11-9 conference record. The team produced three All-Conference second team selections and one player -- Cara Blumfield -- became the school's first All-American and was ranked among the nation's top 10 batters all season with her .445 mark.
Finley led the 2001 Eagles to a 31-24 record and the third-highest win total in school history. BC placed Jen Asbury on the All-Big East first team and both Malandris and Goodchild on the league's all-rookie squad. Malandris earned the school's second-lowest earned run average ever (1.32) and struck out 166 batters.
Finley led the Eagles to a 20-25 season in 2000, good for a third-place tie in the Big East after surviving the season without several of the team's top players lost to injury. The Eagles earned the fourth seed in the Big East Tournament, which they hosted for the fourth time. Boston College placed two players on the All-Big East First Team. Ryan earned Big East Rookie of the Year honors as well, breaking the conference's single-season strikeout record by fanning 106 batters in 15 league games.
In 1999, Finley picked up her 200th career coaching victory in a doubleheader sweep of Fairfield on April 25. The Eagles, who went 27-20 and finished third in the Big East, had two players named to the Louisville Slugger Northeast All-Region First Team. Mary Dietz earned All-Big East first team honors for the third straight year.
In 1998, Finley's club wrapped up its second consecutive Big East Tournament championship and its second NCAA Tournament appearance. Five Boston College players earned All-Big East Conference honors, and Jennifer Perrotta was named Big East Rookie of the Year. For her efforts, Finley earned Big East Coach of the Year honors. The Eagles broke the school record for wins in a season (38), and won the Big East North Division title for the first time in school history. Finley registered her 100th victory at Boston College on May 2, 1998 when the Eagles defeated Rutgers, 1-0, in the first game of the Big East Tournament.
In 1997, Boston College won its first Big East title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. Four players earned All-Big East honors, and Dietz was named Big East Rookie of the Year. Three players were named to the GTE Academic All-America District I team.
In her first season with the Eagles, Finley led Boston College to a 28-21 overall record and three players earned All-Big East honors. Finley registered her 100th career victory on April 24, 1996 when Boston College defeated Providence 6-0.
Prior to her arrival at Boston College, Finley served as the head coach at Providence College for two seasons. In two years at her alma mater, she led the Lady Friars to two ECAC Championships and one Big East tournament championship. As the nation's youngest head coach, Finley guided Providence to a school-record 38 wins and its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 1994. The Lady Friars also captured the Big East Tournament title and the ECAC Tournament championship in her first season at the helm. Providence registered a 38-17 record the following season and a second consecutive ECAC Tournament championship. The Lady Friars were also Big East tournament finalists in 1995.
Finley also enjoyed an impressive playing career at Providence. The two-sport standout earned Northeast Region All-America honors as a member of both the softball and field hockey teams. As a senior at Providence, she led the Lady Friars to 35 wins as a first baseman. Finley was named to the Northeast Region All-American first team after registering a .363 batting average, .436 slugging percentage, and a school-record 65 hits as a senior. At first base, Finley recorded a .991 fielding percentage, committing just five errors all season while serving as team captain.
As a two-year starter on the Providence field hockey team, she led the Lady Friars to the 1991 Big East title. Finley led the team with 12 goals and one assist and earned Northeast Region All-America second team accolades. Finley earned a bachelor's degree in 1992 from Providence College and a master's degree in administrative studies at Boston College in 2002.
College: - Bachelor's - Providence College (1992)
1996-present Head Coach, Boston College
Fourteen seasons: 381-336-1 (.531)
1994-95 Head Coach, Providence College
Two seasons: 76-37 (.673)
Career Record: 457-373-1 (.568) -- 16 seasons
Providence College (1989-92)
Softball - Northeast Region All-America First-Team
Field Hockey - Northeast Regional All-America Second Team
Milestone Career Victories
Win #100 - April 24, 1996 -- Boston College 6, Providence 0