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WWU softball assistant moves on to head coaching position

Western Washington University assistant softball coach Jessica Ventoza, who helped the Vikings to a 60-32 record and two Great Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament appearances during her two-year tenure with the Vikings, has been named head coach at Cal State Stanislaus in an announcement Tuesday, June 16, by Warrior Director of Athletics Michael Matoso.

The 28-year-old Ventoza, who played infield on a national championship team at the University of Washington in 2009, becomes the eighth head coach at Cal State Stanislaus following a nationwide search. She replaces Jan Schefkowitz, who announced her retirement in late April after 23 years of service.

“I am honored to be the head coach at Stanislaus,” Ventoza said in a news release. “I’m thankful for the opportunity that Mr. Matoso and the administration have entrusted me with. I am looking forward to positively impacting this program on and off the field.”

With Ventoza as the top assistant, WWU was 30-18 this spring and reached the title game of the GNAC tournament.

Ventoza was the head coach at Decatur High School in 2013 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.

The 28-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.