YORK, PA – York College Assistant Dean for Athletics and Recreation Paul Saikia has announced that Kaitlyn Dulac has been named the Spartans new head softball coach after a national search. Dulac replaces Jen Petteys who left the program to take a position at North Carolina State University.
Dulac comes to the program after serving the last four years as the lead assistant coach at Washington University in St. Louis. The Bears made two NCAA tournament trips and totaled 93 wins during Dulac's tenure in St. Louis. WashU won the 2017 University Athletic Association championship as the Bears' coaching staff was named the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year.
Saikia is happy to have Dulac on board after a national search.
"We're thrilled to have Kaitlyn joining our staff," says Saikia. "We were fortunate to have a very strong candidate pool and, ultimately, we were able to hire someone who has a lot of enthusiasm, a background of great Division III success, and a plan. We're anxious to get started, not only on this year but on the future of York College softball."
Dulac is excited to get started in her leadership of the Spartans.
"I would like to thank Dr. Gunter-Smith, Joe Merkle and Paul Saikia for the great opportunity to lead the Spartan softball program," said Dulac. "I believe that student-athletes excel when they play in an environment where they can thrive and York gives its student-athletes that very ability. The softball program has a strong foundation that will allow us to be successful both on and off the field. We will be an attractive option for high level collegiate softball players in the Mid-Atlantic region."
Dulac brings 11 years of coaching experience the Spartan program. Prior to her time in St. Louis, she was the head junior varsity and assistant varsity coach at La Salle Academy in Providence, Rhode Island. Dulac also spent four years (2009-12) as an assistant varsity coach at St. Mary Academy in East Providence.
She was an outstanding four-year starter at Ithaca College. Dulac hit .496 as a senior in 2006, earning the Empire 8 Player of the Year honors and National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Third-Team All-America honors. She helped lead Ithaca to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including trips to the World Series in 2005 and 2006.
Dulac was a four-time all-conference selection and picked up ESPN The Magazine First-Team Academic All-District honors in 2006. She ranks third in school history in batting average (.372), fourth in RBIs (110) and seventh in runs scored (109).
She graduated with a bachelor's degree in sport management from Ithaca in 2006, and a master's degree in business administration from Ithaca in 2007. Dulac also received her Juris Doctor from Marquette University Law School in 2010.
Dulac will officially begin her duties in York on September 9.