Stephanie Fleischaker is entering her fifth season at Boston College and third as associate head coach. She earned the promotion from assistant coach in the summer of 2001. The team's hitting and infield coach, as well as an active recruiter, Fleischaker helped the hitters of 2002 set numerous team and individual hitting records. She joined head coach Jen Finley's program in the fall of 1999, bringing a wealth of coaching experience to the Heights.
Last year, the Eagles put forth one of the most successful offensive seasons in recent history. Under Fleischaker's guidance, the Eagles pounded the ball for power, setting numerous hitting records. The team set a new school record for home runs (44), runs batted in (187), slugging percentage (.414), and total bases (605). The new home run mark nearly doubled the previous total.
In 2002, one of Fleischaker's protégés - Cara Blumfield - was ranked among the nation's top 10 all season and her .445 mark to end the season shattered her own year-old school record. Blumfield also re-established her own school records for slugging (.766) and on-base (.535) percentages. Three players - Jen Asbury, Blumfield and Erin Mackey - all tied the school record for doubles (13). Asbury's eight doubles in BIG EAST play were the second-highest total in conference history.
In 2001, BC was flying high in the hitting records. The Eagles set six new records as a team, while three Eagles combined to set 10 individual records. Blumfield set seven by herself.
Before coming to the Heights, Fleischaker was an assistant coach at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. In her two years with the Lady Cajuns, they broke several school records, including the scoring record with 282 RBI in 1999. The 51-9 squad ended the season ranked 10th in the nation and finished in the top 10 in five offensive statistical categories.
Fleischaker was the head softball coach at California State University-Dominguez Hills (Div. II) in 1995 and 1996, earning conference coach of the year honors in 1995. In 1994, she was a graduate assistant at Nevada-Las Vegas and went to the NCAA Regional tournament. Prior to UNLV, she coached softball and assisted the basketball program at Whittier College (Div. III) in California. She has had the opportunity to coach six All-Americans in her career.
Fleischaker began her playing career in 1986 as a basketball player at Loyola Marymount, where she also played softball. After a knee injury ended her basketball career, she transferred to Cal Poly-Pomona, where she continued her athletic career in softball, earning All-West Regional honors.
As a three-time ASA All-American, Fleischaker participated in three U.S. Olympic Festivals (1990, 1991, 1993), leading her team to the gold medal in 1993. She attended the Olympic team camp in 1995. Fleischaker also played professionally, captaining the Orlando Wahoos of the Women's Professional Softball League to their first ever league championship title in 1997.
Fleischaker has worked both as a speaker and clinician at many collegiate softball camps and private venues throughout the nation.
A native of Tustin, Calif., Fleischaker received her Bachelor of Science in kinesiology from Cal Poly-Pomona. She has her Master's degree in administrative studies from Boston College.