Ventura now Head Coach for UIC’s Softball Team

Posted: April 16, 2013 by kelseyray in IU Women's Sports

According to the IU Hall of Fame website, Michelle Venturella is one of the most accomplished team sport athletes in IU history.  Venturella won softball letters in 1991, 1993, 1994 and 1995.

A native of South Holland, Illinois, Venturella was named All-Big Ten twice and Academic All-Big Ten three times.  She was the 2nd team All-America in 1994, 3rd team All-America in 1995 and IU Female Athlete of the year in 1995.

Venturella won IU’s Big Ten Medal in 1995 and set conference records in batting average, total bases and runs battled0in in 1994.  She holds IU season records for runs, doubles, home runs and runs batted in, while also owning the career record for runs batted in.

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Venturella was a member of the USA softball team for six years, helping the US to a gold medal in both 1996 and 2000.  She was also part of the 1998 World Championship gold medal team.

What is this softball legend up to today?

Michelle Venturella is currently the head coach at University of Illinois-Chicago, a position she has held since 2008.  Prior to UIC, she was an assistant at Iowa for six years, including four as associate head coach, and an assistant coach at Northern Illinois for two years.

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Venturella is entering her fifth season at the helm of the UIC softball program.  Since taking over, she has placed eight Flames members on 11 different occasions to the all-conference team.  She was named the Horizon League Coach of the Year in 2009.  Her squad claimed a regular season championship in 2009 and the tournament crown in 2011, which pushed the Flames to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004.

 

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