Sept. 13, 2013
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Jessica Ventoza, who played on the University of Washington national championship team in 2009, has been named assistant softball coach at Western Washington University.
"I could not be more excited to welcome Jessica to our coaching staff," said head coach Amy Suiter in making the announcement. "Jessica has a passion for softball and coaching that will be contagious to our student-athletes. Her knowledge of the game and experience at the highest level will help our program here at WWU reach the next level."
Ventoza was the head coach at Decatur High School last spring and directed the Federal Way Mosquito Select Team for three seasons (2011-13) while working as an information specialist for the National Cancer Institute based in Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Research Center from 2010 to 2013.
In 2010, Ventoza served as a graduate assistant coach at Central Methodist University (Fayette, Missouri) while completing her master's degree in education. She earned a bachelor's degree in sociology at the UW in 2009.
Ventoza was a two-year letter winner for the Huskies, playing on a 51-12 team that won a national title as a senior.
The 26-year-old Ventoza was a regional all-star infielder at Western Nebraska CC in 2007. She hit .652 at regionals to earn all-tournament recognition.
As a freshman, Ventoza was a first-team Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges Western Region all-star at Highline CC, hitting .475.
Ventoza was a three-sport standout at Seattle Christian High School, twice being the school's Female Athlete of the Year. She was a three-time, first-team all-conference pick in softball, being named the league's MVP as a junior. And she was an all-state pick in both soccer and basketball.
Jessica Ventoza, Assistant Coach
In first year at WWU ... Head softball coach at Decatur High School in 2013 and coached Federal Way Mosquito Select Team for three seasons (2011-13) ... Also worked as information specialist for National Cancer Institute based in Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Research Center from 2010 to 2013 ... Served as graduate assistant coach at Central Methodist University (Fayette, Missouri) in 2010, while completing master's degree in education ... Earned bachelor's degree in sociology at University of Washington in 2009 ... Two-year letter winner (2008 and 2009) as infielder for Huskies, playing on 51-12 national championship team as senior ... As sophomore in 2007, competed at Western Nebraska Community College ... First-team all-region pick on field and in classroom as sophomore for 36-21 Cougars, who were regional runner-up ... Stole school record 34 bases while hitting .464 with four home runs, 11 doubles, 70 runs scored and 32 runs batted in ... Earned regional all-tournament honors, hitting .652 ... Played at Highline Community College as freshman in 2006 ... First-team Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges Western Region all-star ... Team MVP and Offensive Player of the Year ... Hit .475 with 45 runs scored, 50 RBI, 13 doubles, five triples, nine home runs and 25 stolen bases ... Graduate of Seattle Christian High School ... Lettered four years for Warriors ... Named team MVP and was first-team all-league for three seasons ... Second-team all-league as freshman ... Named league MVP as junior.. First-team all-state pick as junior and senior ... Helped SCHS to fourth place at state as senior ... Also lettered four years in soccer and two years in basketball ... Named SCHS Female Athlete of the Year as junior and senior ... Named first-team all-state in both soccer and basketball as senior... 26 years old.