Bridget Hurlman | Head Coach
Bridget Hurlman enters her fourth season in 2018-19 after she was named the eighth head coach in Rhode Island softball history on July 17, 2015.
Through her first three seasons, Hurlman has coached one Atlantic 10 All-Conference selection, three All-Rookie picks and two Academic All-Conference honorees. Her players have also earned six weekly conference honors.
In 2018, the Rams finished 12-35 overall and 3-17 in conference play. Senior Kylie Shivery finished her career ranked second all-time in runs batted in with 102, and junior pitcher Julia Waraksy earned A-10 Pitcher of the Week honors for the week of March 16.
Rhode Island went 8-15 in Atlantic 10 play in Hurlman's second season, matching the program's most conference wins in 15 years. The Rams remained in contention for a spot in the conference tournament until the final weekend of the regular season. Among the season highlights was a three-game series sweep of Saint Louis, marking the first time since 2006 Rhode Island won three consecutive conference games. Freshmen Sarah Gunderson and Erika Yeager were named to the A-10 All-Rookie Team, giving Rhode Island three all-rookie selections in just two season's under Hurlman's watch. Senior Danielle Gariglio earned a spot on the academic all-conference team. The team also had three different players earn weekly A-10 honors, as Gunderson and Yeager each won Rookie of the Week honors once, while junior Kylie Shivery was the league's player of the week once. It marked the second time in program history - and the first time in 23 seasons - the Rams had three different players earn weekly honors.
In her first season, Hurlman led Rhode Island to 12 victories, marking a nine-win improvement from the previous year. She had three players earn all-conference recognition as sophomore Ali Summers was a second-team selection, senior Olivia Hendricks was on the academic all-conference team and freshman Becca Rogers made the all-rookie team. During the season, sophomore Kylie Shivery became the first Rhode Island position player in 14 years to be named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Week.
Hurlman came to Rhode Island after spending six seasons as an assistant coach at Manhattan College. She served as the recruiting coordinator and hitting coach for Head Coach Tom Pardalis. During Hurlman’s time with the Jaspers, Manhattan was 59-45 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play, finishing .500 or better in league play in five out of six seasons. In 2015, Manhattan was 26-20 overall and 13-7 in MAAC play.
With Hurlman serving as the team’s hitting coach, Manhattan led the MAAC in slugging percentage, doubles, home runs and walks, and it was second in runs batted in and on-base percentage. The team was fourth overall the conference in batting average.
She also worked with the team’s pitchers, helping the staff post a 3.50 earned run average in 2015, which ranked second in the MAAC. Hurlman mentored Amy Bright, who earned First Team All-MAAC honors.
During her six seasons at Manhattan, Hurlman’s recruits garnered six All-MAAC First Team selections and three All-MAAC Second Team selections. She recruited 2015 MAAC Player of the Year Elena Bowman, as well as 2015 All-Rookie Team pitcher Briana Matazinsky, who was 9-7 with a 3.91 ERA while also batting .276 with six home runs.
Manhattan consistently ranked in the top 35 nationally among Division I programs academically as well. In 2014, as the Jaspers reached the MAAC championship finals, they also posted a cumulative team grade-point average of 3.40. Then senior Kate Bowen was Manhattan’s 2014 Undergraduate Valedictorian, a Capital One Academic All-America Third Team selection, a two-time First Team All-MAAC selection and a 2012 NFCA First Team All-Region pick.
Hurlman began her coaching career as an assistant at SUNY Purchase in 2007. During her time at SUNY Purchase, she worked primarily with the pitchers and catchers, while assisting with offensive instruction. Hurlman was also involved in all other aspects of the program, including practice planning, budgeting, travel arrangements and recruiting.
A certified athletic trainer, Hurlman is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association. A two-time MAAC All-Conference selection and three-time MAAC Academic All-Conference honoree during her playing career, she served as team captain when the Red Foxes won the MAAC Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2006.
Hurlman earned Second Team All-MAAC honors following both the 2005 and 2006 campaigns. In 2005, she started every game at either catcher or designated player and posted a .331 batting average. Hurlman also led the Red Foxes with seven home runs, 33 RBIs and a .569 slugging percentage that season. As a senior in 2006, Hurlman drew a team-high 22 walks and posted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. She also earned a place on the MAAC All-Tournament Team, as the Red Foxes won their first-ever MAAC Championship.
Hurlman graduated cum laude from Marist in 2006. She received a master's degree in sports management from St. John's in May 2012.
Mary Holt-Kelsch | Assistant Coach
Mary Holt-Kelsch enters her fourth season at Rhode Island in 2018-19, joined Bridget Hurlman's staff as an assistant coach in August 2015.
Holt - who came to Rhode Island after two seasons as an assistant at Lafayette - coaches the infielders. She also is a hitting instructor and assists with recruiting. She is in charge of equipment, camps/clinics, alumni relations, and assisting with other areas of the program.
In her first season, Holt helped Rhode Island's offense hit 21 home runs, a significant jump from the nine the team hit the year before. The Rams also scored 138 runs, an improvement of 19 runs from the previous season.
During her time at Lafayette, Holt's success led to her being promoted to the top assistant position on Jexx Varner's staff. In addition to helping the team improve its overall fielding percentage, Holt also monitored and mentored the student-athletes, helping Lafayette achieve the highest GPA in program history during the 2015 season.
A skills instructor at Planet Fastpitch in Uxbridge, Mass. from 2008-13, Holt also served as the volunteer head coach for the New England Phoenix Gold in Providence, R.I. from 2010-13.
A native of Providence, R.I., Holt is a 2013 graduate of Kent State University. She was a three-year starter in the infield and finished her career tied for sixth in program history in home runs. Holt earned her bachelor's degree in Business Administration and also collected Mid-American Conference All-Academic Team honors.
Olivia Gamache | Director of Operations
Olivia Gamache joined Bridget Hurlman's coaching staff as the pitching coach in October of 2017. She was named the program's director of operations in April of 2018 and enters her second second in the role in 2018-19.
Gamache, a native of Middletown, R.I., came to the Rams after spending four seasons as an assistant coach with Division III Roger Williams. In addition to serving as the pitching coach, Gamache will assist with administrative roles, including working with academics and helping with equipment and travel management. While at Roger Williams, Gamache developed practice plans, assisted with recruiting and organized the program's 2017 softball camp. She also developed practice plans that focused on pitcher/catcher development as well as defensive and offensive skill work.
Gamache also has experience as a coach with Planet Fastpitch in Uxbridge, Mass., where she works as a pitching, hitting and skills coach. She also spent four seasons coaching with the New England Phoenix club team.
Gamache was a starting pitcher for four seasons at Tennessee State, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Human Performance and Sports Sciences with a focus in Athletic Training in 2014. She played her high school softball at The Prout School in Wakefield for three seasons before playing her senior season at Exeter/West Greenwich.