Jackie Manrique has been named the head softball coach for the 2016-17 season. Manrique, a former NCAA Division II player, comes to Trinity from North Park University, where she has served as an assistant coach for the past three seasons. At North Park, Manrique assisted with all aspects of the softball program, but especially worked with the pitchers and catchers. In addition, Manrique has given private pitching instruction for the past five years and been involved with various pitching clinics.
Manrique pitched collegiately at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota from 2010-2013. As a relief pitcher for the Huskies, she posted a 3.57 earned run average in her freshman year and a 3.92 ERA as a sophomore before injury limited her in her junior season. During her time at St. Cloud she received All-American Scholar-Athlete honors.
A Chicago native, Manrique was a four-year player at Lane Tech High School, where she led the Indians to three straight conference titles. She was a three-time all-conference selection and served as a team co-captain all four of her seasons. In the summer of 2009 she also competed on Team America with elite softball players from around on the country.
Manrique earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations in three years and graduated in 2013 from St. Cloud State University. She went on to receive a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from North Park University in 2016. She resides in Chicago, Illinois.
Kaleigh Velasquez ’14 has been a part of the coaching staff for the past two seasons. She made the transition from student-athlete to coaching after competing for two years on the softball team. She was the starting catcher for those two seasons and a part of the pitching staff’s 3.31 ERA in the 2014 season. In her senior year Velasquez was a member of the NCCAA North Central Region championship team and she participated in the NCCAA National Championship. Velasquez transferred to Trinity from Judson University where she played her first two seasons of collegiate softball.
Velasquez has helped coached at Trinity’s youth summer softball camp. She also has been involved with the McHenry County Heatwave travel team.
Velasquez graduated from Trinity in December 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. She resides in Chicago.