Lauren Ebstein
Lauren Ebstein
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 617-627-5241
Email: softball@tufts.edu

Head coach  Lauren Ebstein, a former pitcher for the Jumbos, has led the Tufts softball program to two NESCAC championshps and two NCAA berths in her short tenure as head coach.

Now in her fourth year leading the team, Ebstein enters the 2022 season with a 53-17 coaching record for a stellar .757 winning percentage. Named interim head coach of the Jumbos in November 2018, she replaced Cheryl Milligan who stepped down following 15 years as Tufts' leader. The interim tag was removed following the 2019 season.

In her first season as the Tufts leader in 2019, Coach Ebstein guided the Jumbos to the program’s 11th NESCAC Championship. In addition to winning the conference title, the 2019 Jumbos hosted an NCAA Regional and advanced to the final, finishing with a 32-10 record. The team featured NESCAC Pitcher of Year Kristi Van Meter, and 10 of the 22 student-athletes on the Tufts roster earned Academic All-NESCAC honors for achieving grade point averages of 3.5 or better.

Though the team’s 2020 season was canceled due to Covid, Coach Ebstein’s program earned several academic honors. Outfielder Emily Serata received a Tufts Alumni Association Senior Award for academic achievement, involvement in the community, and leadership. Pitcher Cassie Cancemi received the Goldwater Scholarship Award, one of the most prestigious awards in the United States for undergraduates. Team alumna Sara Willner-Giwerc earned a Tufts 2020 Presidential Award for Civic Life.

Returning to action in 2021, the Jumbos won NESCAC again and then made an NCAA Tournament run to the College World Series. Tufts won four of the NESCAC's five major awards for 2021 with Kristina Haghdan as Pitcher of the Year, Emma Della Volpe receiving Defensive Player of the Year, pitcher Sophia DiCocco was voted Rookie of the Year and Ebstein was named Coach of the Year. She and her assistant Mary Becker also received National Fastpitch Coaches Association Regional Coaching Staff of the Year honors after directing the Jumbos to a 21-7 finish. Eight team members were on the NESCAC Spring All-Academic Team.

Community service involvement is also an important part of Coach Ebstein’s program. During their annual spring trip, they participate in Adopt-A-Team where the Jumbos connect with a local youth team in Florida. Team members also volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and at homeless shelters in the local area.

Ebstein is a 2007 graduate of Tufts who pitched for the Jumbos. She returned to the coaching staff in 2014 and served as Associate Head Coach from 2015-18. She was a member of two NFCA National Coaching Staffs of the Year when the Jumbos won NCAA championships in 2014 and 2015. The 2015 team she helped coach finished 51-0. She spent two years working with Allyson Fournier, a four-time All-American, two-time Honda Award winner and the first Division III player to play in the National Pro Fastpitch League.

Prior to returning to Tufts, Ebstein spent one season at Valparaiso University, working with the pitchers and catchers during the Crusaders' 2013 Horizon League Championship campaign.  The Crusaders played in the Ann Arbor NCAA Regional at nationally-ranked Michigan, winning the program’s first ever NCAA Tournament game. Under her guidance, a freshman pitcher was ranked 16th in Division I for strikeouts per seven innings, broke the school’s single-season strikeout record and finished the regular season leading the Horizon League in era and strikeouts.  During two seasons at Colgate, Ebstein helped the Raiders to a 28-11 mark in Patriot League play, including winning the conference regular-season title in 2011.  She coached the Patriot League Pitcher of the Year in 2011.

Prior to her stint at Colgate, Ebstein was an assistant at Tufts for two seasons, including serving on staff in 2009 when the Jumbos finished in fourth place at the Division III College World Series. She was poart of the NFCA Division III New England Region Coaching Staff of the Year that spring as well. The Jumbos have played in the NCAA Tournament eight of the nine seasons that Ebstein has been on staff, and won six NESCAC Championships.

Ebstein was a four-year letterwinner for the Jumbos and was on the NESCAC Championship team in 2007. She appeared in three NCAA Regionals during her time wearing brown and blue.  A captain her senior year, Ebstein graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English and psychology and earned her master’s degree in journalism from Boston University in January 2009.