Elisabeth "Lis" Schulz is entering her fifth season as Bridgewater College’s head softball coach.
The Eagles returned to the ODAC playoffs in 2019 for the first time in five years, with an overall record of 23-17. Bridgewater earned at least a split with all but one team in the conference, including wins over #6 Lynchburg and Randolph-Macon. Katrina Martin and Stephanie Carroll earned All-Conference recognition.
In 2017, sophomore Mikalia Guard became the program’s first All-Region selection since 2012. She was also a VaSID All-State and CoSIDA Academic All-District selection. Stephanie Carroll earned first team All-ODAC recognition in 2018.
Before taking over the reins at Bridgewater, Schulz spent three seasons as the assistant coach at Geneva College in Pennsylvania. She called pitches and coordinated pitching conditioning, coached first base and was heavily involved with recruiting and practice planning.
"Lis shows great potential as a coach and brings important skills and experiences to the position," said director of athletics Curt Kendall when announcing the hiring. "Her pitching expertise will be a major asset, as will her experience as a recruiting coordinator."
Geneva reached the 2013 and 2014 Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) championship games and had a record of 65-55 during Schulz’ three seasons as an assistant.
Schulz was a graduate assistant at her alma mater, Westminster College, in 2012. She was the program’s recruiting coordinator, organized strength and conditioning workouts and was involved with on-field coaching and practice planning.
A four-year All-PAC selection at Westminster, Schulz earned first team honors in 2010 and 2011 after second team selections in 2008 and 2009. She was a two-year captain, a 2010 NFCA All-Region selection and Westminster’s 2011 team MVP.
Schulz ranked second on her team as a senior in both batting average and ERA. She hit .337 with three home runs and a team-best 26 RBIs, while going 9-10 on the mound with a 2.39 ERA and 70 strikeouts.
In 2010, Schulz was 13-4 on the mound with a 1.30 ERA and also batted .327 en route to an All-Central Region selection in the utility position.
She graduated in 2011 from Westminster with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication studies and finished a Masters of Higher Education in 2013 while working as a graduate assistant there.
Schulz has also worked as a personal pitching coach and did her senior capstone project on the sport. Her study on communication research gathered survey data and examined leadership and communication in the context of a college softball team.