Assistant coach Gina Vecchione begins her 13th season as a member of the UCLA coaching staff in 2012. Vecchione works with the Bruin outfielders and hitters and also serves as the first-base coach.
In 2010, Vecchione was a part of her fourth National Championship at UCLA and her third as an assistant coach. The Bruins set school records for home runs, slugging and on base percentages and walks.
Since Vecchione joined the Bruin coaching staff prior to the start of the 2000 season, UCLA has played in the NCAA Championship game or series six times, winning back-to-back NCAA titles in 2003 and 2004. The Bruins, who have also claimed Pac-10 titles in 2002, 2006 and 2009 during Vecchione's tenure, have amassed a 573-140-1 record during her previous 12 campaigns for an .803 winning percentage.
On April 28, 2007, Vecchione became just the fourth player in UCLA history to have her number retired. Her #2 was enshrined prior to the Bruins' 6-3 victory over Oregon State.
UCLA has been tabbed as the Coaching Staff of the Year three times during Vecchione's tenure in 2000, 2004 and 2010, receiving NFCA Pacific Region honors in '00 and '04 and National honors in '04 and '10. The award in 2000 marked Vecchione's second in a row after earning the honor in her final season as an assistant coach at Oregon State in 1999.
Vecchione spent five seasons at OSU (1995-99) and was the top assistant to former Bruin coach Kirk Walker. In her final season in Corvallis, the Beavers advanced to the NCAA Regional championship game, falling one win short of the Women's College World Series.
As a player in Westwood, Vecchione earned All-Pacific Region selections in the outfield three times in 1980, `81 and `82. In 1981, she led the Bruins in doubles with 10 and tied for the team lead with three triples and 21 runs batted in. Vecchione again tied for the top spot in triples (4) and RBI (12) as a senior. In 1982, Vecchione was a member of the All-College World Series team, as the Bruins won the inaugural NCAA Softball Championship. Following that season, Vecchione received second-team All-American honors. Vecchione earned softball's top honor in 1997 when she became the first UCLA player inducted into the Amateur Softball Association's Hall of Fame.
Immediately after the conclusion of her collegiate playing career, Vecchione remained in Westwood, serving as a volunteer assistant coach for the softball program while working in event management at UCLA. She was also a member of the 1983 U.S. National Team for the Pan American Games.
Vecchione also has instructional videos to her credit and her coaching career includes three seasons as an assistant coach for the ASA's California Commotion, a team that won three consecutive women's major fastpitch national titles. After the conclusion of her collegiate career, Vecchione played 12 seasons with the Raybestos Brakettes of Stratford, Conn., winners of eight ASA titles and three World titles. Vecchione was named to the ASA All-American team seven times and was the top hitter at the 1988 national tournament with a .444 average.
A native of New Rochelle, N.Y., Vecchione, whose family also resides in New York, earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from UCLA in 1984.
CLick for Bruin Video