Aug. 15, 2007
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Caitlin Benyi, a three-time All-American at UCLA, has been hired as the UC Santa Barbara assistant softball coach it was announced Wednesday by head coach Brie Galicinao. Benyi fills the position that was vacated when Galicinao was promoted to head coach in June.
"Obviously I am very excited to be joining this program," commented Benyi. "Brie has a lot of good things in store for this program and I am pleased to be a part of it all. Hopefully I can help take this team to the next level."
As a four-year starter with the UCLA softball team, Benyi earned three-consecutive NFCA All-American honors in addition to helping the Bruins to back-to-back national titles in 2003 and 2004. The second basemen was also the NCAA Division I homerun leader during the 2004 season with a total of 24 homers on the year.
In addition to her four years with the Bruins, Benyi spent part of 2003 and 2004 playing with the USA Elite team and was a member of the silver medal winning Junior Olympic team at the 2003 Junior World Championships in Beijing, China. She also spent the 2006-07 season playing with the Akron Racers, a National Pro Fastpitch team.
"Caitlin had an outstanding career and her leadership and knowledge of the game will be a great asset to our program," said Galicinao. "I am excited to have someone on board that has the ability to make an outstanding impact on the future of Gaucho softball."
Following her impressive playing career, she stayed with the Bruins as the undergraduate assistant coach for the 2006-07 season. Her job responsibilities included assisting with offensive and defensive development and assisting with administrative duties such as recruiting, community service, academics, travel and scheduling and fund raising.
Benyi has also served as the Director of Operations of BRUWIN Enterprises and has conducted private softball lessons. She graduated from UCLA in June of 2007 with a BA in history.