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," WWU coach Amy Suiter said in a news release. "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, Mo.) 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.