Kristy Schroeder enters her sixth season as the head coach of the UC Santa Barbara softball program and continues to strive for the success of her players both on and off the field. Schroeder led her 2006 Gauchos to an overall record of 24-22 and a fourth place finish in the Big West Conference with a league mark of 8-10. Additionally, due in part to one of the toughest schedules in program history, UCSB earned an at large berth to the NCAA Tournament Regionals for only the second time in Gaucho softball history. Four members of the 2006 squad were named to All-Big West teams including returnees Jennifer Davis, Christine Ramos and Danielle Meyers. Coach Schroeder now has a 143-133 (.518) career record at UCSB and is the only coach in program history to post five consecutive winning seasons. In 2005, Schroeder lead the Gauchos to an overall record of 26-22 and a fifth place finish in the Big West Conference (9-12). Her Gauchos were well balanced both on offense and defense in 2005 and the team set new marks for homeruns in a season (36), most homeruns in a single game (four) and fewest errors in a season (44). Four players were selected to all-conference teams in 2005. When Schroeder first arrived at UCSB in 2002, she had an immediate impact on the program and a new commitment to excellence was established. Her Gauchos tied for fourth place in the highly competitive Big West with a 12-12 conference record in her first year and finished the 2002 season 27-36 overall. Santa Barbara sent four players to all-conference teams with one player named all-region by the NFCA. Schroeder was named the Big West Conference Coach of the Year, becoming the first coach in school history to win that honor. In her record-setting 2003 season, Schroeder had a school record nine players named All-Big West Conference, with two players receiving all-region accolades. In addition to those awards, under Coach Schroeder's guidance, catcher Jami Trinidad became UCSB's first ever All-American in softball, while the team received votes in a national Top-25 poll for the very first time. Santa Barbara finished the season with an overall record of 34-22, the best mark in school history. In 2004, she raised the bar even further, leading the Gauchos to their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Schroeder took a team with eight freshmen and guided them to a 32-31 overall record, which was tied for second in the Big West. A year after guiding the team to the best overall record in program history, Schroeder's Gauchos had the highest conference finish ever in 2004. In addition, the Gauchos won 30-plus games in back-to-back seasons for the first time as a member of the Big West. Santa Barbara stole 79 bases, tallied 348 strikeouts and recorded 5 saves in 2004--all tops in the conference. Her team had eight players named to All-Big West Conference teams, with one NFCA All-Region selection. In her prior experiences as a coach, Schroeder has demonstrated an ability to guide programs from mediocrity to national prominence. At Division II Truman State in Kirksville, Missouri she took a sub-.500 program and turned things around, leading the Bulldogs to their first Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association championship in thirteen seasons and a national ranking of 23rd in just her first year (1999). Truman State also made the NCAA Division II Tournament for the first time in more than ten years, an accomplishment that earned Schroeder the first of back-to-back MIAA Coach of the Year honors. Schroeder followed up her inaugural season at Truman State with another conference title and South Central Regional berth improving the Bulldogs' ranking to 17th in the nation in 2000. In what would be her final season at Truman State (2001), Schroeder led the Bulldogs to their third consecutive postseason berth appearance. Her 2001 team, which had a starting line-up with eight freshmen, ranked 9th in the nation academically for Division II schools, with a cumulative team GPA of 3.40. In her three seasons with the Bulldogs Schroeder's teams set numerous single-season records both offensively and defensively. Under her tutelage, Truman State produced one First Team All-American, one Third Team All-American, two conference freshman of the year and five all-region and 24 all-conference players. Schroeder left Truman State as the winningest coach in school history, finishing with an overall record of 134-34-1 for an outstanding .798 winning percentage. Schroeder's first experience in the Big West came when she served as an assistant coach at perennial conference contender Pacific following one-year stints as an assistant at Stanford and graduate assistant at UCLA. Schroeder served as an assistant coach at Pacific from 1995 through 1998 helping the Tigers program emerge into one of the top teams in the Big West and onto the national scene. While at Pacific, she earned a Master of Sciences in Sports Sciences ('97) emphasizing Sports Psychology and helped to develop a mental training program for their athletes. Schroeder has also been a featured speaker at a number of coaching and sports clinics regarding the mental training of athletes and the fundamentals and strategies of softball. As a shortstop at UCLA, Schroeder was a four-time All-Pac 10 and Athletic Director's Honor Roll honoree helping the Bruins to four consecutive College World Series appearances. She won national championships with the Bruins in '90 and '92, who were also national runners-up in '91 and '93. Schroeder was also recognized as the shortstop on the Pac 10's All-Decade Team for the 1990's after helping the UCLA to Pac 10 Championships in '91 and '93. Kristy Howard Schroeder earned her Bachelors Degree in Sociology from UCLA in 1994 where she is also the only woman to have lettered in three sports (softball, soccer and tennis). She is married to Peter Schroeder and they have a daughter, Johnna Sally and a son, Asher.