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Former Terrapin player, coach comes back to College Park
Former Maryland softball player and coach Jillian Callaway returned to College Park as a pitching coach in the summer of 2012.
A standout infielder for the Terrapin softball team from 1999-2003, Callaway finished her career on Maryland's all-time top-10 list for games played (195) and started (189), hits (128), and RBI (63). During her senior campaign in 2003, she started all 45 games and hit .300 with 39 hits. At first base, she led the team with a .988 fielding percentage.
As a student-athlete, Callaway earned the President's Award for Academic Achievement and the President's Cup Community Service Award in 2003 and was named one of the ACC's "Top Six For Service" that same year. She was also named to the ICA Honor Roll from 1999-2003 and to the Dean's List in 2000, 2002 and 2003. Callaway was a Verizon Academic All-District II second-team member in 2003.
"I am thrilled to be back at Maryland as an assistant coach once again," Callaway said. "Maryland will always be special to me because I had great years here as a player and coach. It has been exciting to watch the direction of the program over the last few years and I am so excited to be a part of it."
Callaway graduated from the Maryland in 2003 with her bachelor's degree in Communications. After graduation, she stayed in College Park for the 2004-06 seasons as an assistant coach. She also worked alongside Jennie Finch as a pitching instructor for the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation.
"Jillian is a great fit for our staff and the whole softball program as a whole," head coach Laura Watten said. "She has an established commitment to the growth of softball throughout the region, especially the state of Maryland, and will be crucial to our success. Most importantly, I am excited to be adding such a passionate, positive and committed Terrapin alumni to our team."
Callaway owns and operates 5 Star Athletics, a program she founded to promote softball and instruct the top young players in the area. She has worked with current Maryland players Kaitlyn Schmeiser and Lindsey Schmeiser, Kelly Trimble and Bridget Hawvermale through her program.
She is currently the deputy commissioner for the Maryland Amateur Softball Association Junior Olympic program. She has also been nominated in the Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame, November 2012.
As a player ... Year G-GS Avg. AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB 2000 55-55 .215 149 15 32 3 0 2 19 1-1 2001 53-49 .274 124 15 34 7 0 0 12 3-4 2002 42-40 .219 105 11 23 1 1 0 10 0-0 2003 45-45 .300 130 18 39 5 2 0 22 1-1 TOTALS 195-189 .252 508 59 128 16 3 2 63 5-6