MEDFORD – Lauren Ebstein, the interim head coach of the Tufts University softball team in 2019, has been named head coach of the Jumbos.
Under Ebstein's guidance this spring, Tufts won the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) title with a 3-2 victory over Williams College. The Jumbos then hosted an NCAA Regional and advanced to the final, finishing with a 32-10 record. Ten of the 22 student-athletes on the Tufts roster also earned Academic All-NESCAC honors for earning grade point averages of 3.5 or better.
“Lauren has been an extremely valuable member of our Jumbo Athletics family for 12 years as a student-athlete, team captain, alumna and assistant coach, and she did an outstanding job leading our softball team to academic and athletic success this spring in the interim head coach role,” Director of Athletics John Morris said. “She is passionate about providing our Jumbos with the best possible student-athlete experience, she is dedicated to all aspects of our mission, and we’re confident she’ll lead our softball program to continued greatness in the years ahead.”
A 2007 Tufts graduate, Ebstein was a pitcher and four-year letter-winner for the Jumbos. The team won the NESCAC Championship in 2007 and appeared in three NCAA Regionals during her time wearing brown and blue. She was a captain her senior year. After graduating, 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.
During two seasons as an assistant at Colgate, Ebstein helped the Raiders win the conference regular-season title in 2011. She spent one year at Valparaiso University, working with the pitchers and catchers during the Crusaders' 2013 Horizon League Championship.
Ebstein returned to Tufts as assistant softball coach in 2013 and was promoted to associate head coach for the 2014-15 season. She was a member of two National Fast-pitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Coaching Staffs of the Year when the Jumbos won NCAA championships in 2014 and 2015. She was named interim head coach of the Jumbos in November 2018 after former coach Cheryl Milligan stepped down.
“I’m extremely excited and honored for this to be official," Ebstein said. "Big thank you to our leadership team for giving me this opportunity to be the next head coach. Tufts is a truly special place with outstanding student-athletes and I am looking forward to this program continuing to achieve great things on the field, in the classroom and in the community. Special thanks to the entire Tufts community for their support this year and to Cheryl for being a great mentor for the five years I was able to work with her.”