Margaret Yerdon-Grange was named the head softball coach in July of 2009 and is entering her tenth year at the helm of the Rochester program in 2019. Prior to her appointment, she was an assistant coach for five seasons.
Since taking the helm of the Rochester program, Yerdon-Grange has guided the Yellowjackets to seven straight 20+ win seasons, including a 32-win year in 2014 in which Rochester reached the NCAA Finals in Tyler, Texas, the furthest ever postseason trip by a UR softball squad. In her time, Rochester has made the Liberty League playoffs all seven years and qualified for NCAA postseason play in four seasons.
Yerdon-Grange has coached a total of three NFCA All-American's, with Brittany Grage earning the honor in 2015 following a 2014 season in which Nina Korn and Tayler Fravel earned the honor. Grage and Korn were both 1st Team Selections, the only in the history of the program. Her overall record leading the Yellowjackets is 225-149 (.602), while her record in the Liberty League is a sparkling 70-26 (.729).
In her time as an assistant coach, Rochester posted an overall record of 144-68, made three consecutive NCAA playoff appearances, won four conference titles, and set single-season victory record for three straight seasons (28 in 2007, 32 in 2008, 33 in 2009).
Yerdon-Grange has been a part of the Coaching Staffs of the Year in the University Athletic Association in 2007 and in the Liberty League in 2007, 2009 and 2015. In 2014 Yerdon-Grange and staff were named the NFCA Regional Coaching Staff of the Year.
Since taking over in 2010, she has coached four Liberty League Players of the Year, three Pitchers of the Year, two Rookies of the Year.
Yerdon-Grange was a graduate assistant coach at Binghamton in 2003 while pursuing her master’s degree in Social Sciences with a concentration in Public Administration. She earned a BA in English and Sociology in 2001 from Binghamton.
She participated in BU’s transition from Division III (1997) to Division I status (in 2000) receiving accolades for her playing skills at every level. She was a Division II NFCA All-Region selection in 1999 plus the NECC All-Conference Pitcher of the Year in 1999 and 2000.
In 2002, she was named the America East All-Conference Designated Player. Yerdon was selected as the team MVP in 1999 and 2002. She is Binghamton’s career record holder in strikeouts (431) and earned run average (1.40).
She received a Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies in May, 2009 from the Susan B. Anthony Institute of the University of Rochester. She is pursuing her PhD in Education with a Concentration in Educational Policy and Theory. Yerdon-Grange is an alumnus of Sandy Creek (N.Y.) High School. She was selected as one of the Top 100 North Country athletes by the Watertown Times in 2007.
Jenna Modic Assistant Coach
The University of Rochester softball team has added Jenna Modic to its coaching staff for the 2018 season.
Modic comes to the River Campus after spending the last two seasons volunteering as an assistant coach with travel softball teams around the Pittsburgh, PA area. She has also assisted with running softball camps at the University of Pittsburgh for the last six years.
She was a scholarship NCAA Division I softball athlete, starting her career at Miami University of Ohio, before transferring to the University of Pittsburgh for her junior and senior years. At Miami, Modic earned 1st Team All-MAC honors and was named to the All-MAC freshman team in 2013 before earning All-MAC second team honors as a sophomore.
After joining Pittsburgh, the honors continued, with Modic earning 1st Team All-ACC in 2015 followed by 2nd Team All-Conference honors the following year.
Modic graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor's degree in Media and Professional Communications while minoring in Corporate Communications in 2016.
Yellowjackets Softball Camps at University of Rochester are open to any and all entrants and are only limited by number, age, grade level and/or gender in accordance with NCAA rules.