Amy Kvilhaug
Amy  Kvilhaug

Hometown:
Taunton, Mass.

Position:
Head Coach

At St. John's:
11th Season

Alma Mater:
Providence '96

05/16/2015

Historic Season Comes To An End With 9-6 Loss To New Mexico State

Erin Burner finishes career as program's all-time home run leader.

05/16/2015

POSTGAME QUOTES: New Mexico State 9, St. John's 6

May 16, 2015

05/16/2015

POSTGAME QUOTES: No. 16/18 Arizona 4, St. John's 2

May 15, 2015

05/16/2015

Trio Of Home Runs Leads No. 16/18 Arizona To 4-2 Victory Over Red Storm

St. John's set to face New Mexico State in elimination game on Saturday.

05/14/2015

PREGAME QUOTES: NCAA Tucson Regional

May 15-17, 2015

12/11/2014

2015 Season Preview

2015 Season Preview

05/04/2012

Coach Kvilhaug Previews 2012 BIG EAST Tournament

Coach Kvilhaug Previews 2012 BIG EAST Tournament

05/16/2015

NCAA Tucson Regional: St. John's vs. No. 16/18 Arizona

Photos from the 2015 NCAA Tucson Regional opening game between St. John's and No. 16/18 Arizona on May 15, 2015. (Photos courtesy of Luke Adams)

05/09/2015

2015 BIG EAST Softball Championship

The 2015 BIG EAST Softball Championship in Rosemont, Illinois. (Photos courtesy of BIG EAST/Steve Woltmann)

05/03/2015

Senior Day vs. Villanova

2015 Senior Day game against Villanova on May 3, 2015.

04/15/2015

St. John's vs. Iona

St. John's softball vs. Iona on April 15, 2015.

03/02/2015

2015 California Spring-Break Trip

Photos from the San Diego Classic on Feb. 27 - March 1, 2015.

Amy Kvilhaug was named the eighth head coach in St. John's softball history in July of 2006. In her 11 seasons at the helm of the Red Storm program, she has led the Johnnies to new program heights in the always-competitive BIG EAST Conference with the program's first conference title in 2015 and has established a trend of growing success during her tenure.

In 2017, Kvilhaug spearheaded a group that was named the BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year after leading to the Johnnies to their second BIG EAST Regular Season title in three years, while setting program-records with 17 BIG EAST wins and a .667 winning percentage. In addition to reaching its fourth-straight BIG EAST title game, St. John's matched the 1990 squad for most wins with 32 and set new single-season marks with 277 runs scored and 251 RBIs. A league-best seven players saw their names land on the All-BIG EAST First and Second Team's as well.

In 2016, the longtime head coach led the Red Storm to a 29-20 overall record en route to its third-straight BIG EAST Championship game appearance after shutting out Villanova, 10-0, in the semifinals. The Johnnies also saw three players earn All-BIG EAST honors in Savannah Warren (First Team), Brittany Garcia (Second Team) and McKenzie Murray (Second Team). In addition, Warren became Kvilhaug's seventh player to receive a spon on the NFCA Division I All-Great Lakes Region squad as she was named to the third team.

In her ninth season with the Red Storm, Kvilhaug led St. John's to new heights as the squad set program history with its first ever BIG EAST Regular Season title, BIG EAST Championship title and first NCAA Tournament appearance in 35 years of the program's history. Because of the team's tremendous season, Kvilhaug and her staff were named the 2015 BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year.

The 2015 squad set the program's single-season record in BIG EAST wins (16), winning streak (15), walks (152), RBI (243) and batting average (.317) after finishing the year with a 28-19 overall record that included a 16-2 mark in BIG EAST play.

Behind the guidance of Kvilhaug, the St. John's pitching staff dominated in BIG EAST action where it posted up a 1.40 team ERA with 80 strikeouts in 115.0 innings of work, holding opponents to a .228 batting average after throwing five shutouts. Led by the 2015 BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year Tori Free, the Red Storm was able to sail its way through conference play to earn the program's first-ever regular-season title and the number one overall seed in the 2015 BIG EAST Tournament. Included in the impressive pitching of 2015 was the program's first run-rule no-hitter since 2009 as Francesca Carrullo held Creighton hitless on April 25.

Kvilhaug led the Red Storm to a historic season in 2014, earning a program-record 12 BIG EAST wins on the way to the first ever BIG EAST Championship appearance. Finishing the season with a 28-23 record, the Red Storm recorded its first season over .500 since 2004, marking the best season in Kvilhaug's first eight years as the head coach.

Kvilhaug also saw the program's first-ever CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-American after Jackie Reed earned third team honors in the national accolade. Following the impressive 2014 season that included a 12-8 conference record, Kvilhaug saw five members of her squad earn All-BIG EAST honors including a pair of first-team honors in junior Erin Burner and freshman Kaitlin Fitzgerald.

Burner also became the first-ever NFCA First Team All-Great Lakes Region selection in program history after finishing the year with a team-leading 14 home runs and 40 RBI as well as 11 doubles, one triple and 11 walks for a .383 average and .722 slugging percentage.

Since 2014, St. John's leads all schools with 16 All-BIG EAST selections and is second in league wins with 39 victories.

The 2013 squad finished with 17 wins including five of their final seven games in April after taking a pair of series victories over Rutgers and Villanova in the final two weeks.

Kvilhaug got to see two of her young stars step up in 2013 as freshman Tori Free and Jackie Reed were named Third-Team All-Conference selections, marking the 11th player to receive All-Conference honors since Kvilhaug took over in 2006. Senior Chrissy Montez also rounded out her stellar four-year career under Kvilhaug after being named to the NFCA Division I All-Great Lakes Region Team.

Free spent her rookie campaign as the ace for the Red Storm behind a 2.65 ERA and 11-17 record while placing second in the St. John's single-season record books with 207 strikeouts. Reed ended her junior season with a .341 average and a .595 slugging percentage while leading the team with 12 doubles.

Montez earned the NFCA honors for the first time in her career after she set the St. John's single-season record for home runs with 16 while tying for second in runs (40) and placing third in slugging percentage (.706) in her final season.

2012 was one of the most successful seasons during the Kvilhaug Era, as the squad earned 23 wins and the No. 6 seed in the 2012 BIG EAST Championship--the best seeding in program history since the conference moved to an eight-team format. In addition, the team defeated No. 24 Syracuse in the first round of the tournament, marking just the second time in program history that the Red Storm advanced to the conference semifinals.

Several players shone for the Red Storm in 2012 under Kvilhaug's tutelage, as senior Kacee Cox was named the BIG EAST Player of the Year, becoming the first player to win the award in school history. Cox was also a first team All-BIG EAST selection, a second team All-NFCA Great Lakes Region honoree after becoming the school record holder for home runs and RBI. Fellow senior Kristi Cady earned a second team All-BIG EAST spot , while Cox and junior Chrissy Montez earned BIG EAST Player of the Week honors over the course of the season. Cox was also named the Louisville Slugger Division I Player of the Week on April 30, another first for the softball program.

In the circle, sophomore Ashley Beza had a strong year under Kvilhaug's guidance as a pitching expert. Beza made 40 appearances, with 33 starts, 19 complete games, 14 wins and 223.1 innings pitched, all single-season records during the Kvilhaug Era.

The Red Storm went 20-30 in 2011, posting the second-best winning percentage of the Kvilhaug Era. The success was fueled by a strong mix of veteran leadership with young, promising talent, including sophomore Amber Curry, who was named first-team All-BIG EAST.

The team went 18-33 in 2010, but featured improved performances by a host of St. John's players, including NFCA Division I All-Great Lakes Region second team selection and All-BIG EAST second team honoree Kacee Cox.

After going 18-36 in 2007 in her first season coaching in Queens, Kvilhaug led the Red Storm to a 20-35 overall mark and a 13-9 home record in 2008 behind one of the best defenses in the BIG EAST. In 2009, Kvilhaug's squad posted a 24-26 record and went 11-13 in the BIG EAST -- a major improvement from the previous year's 5-17 showing. The Red Storm made its first BIG EAST Tournament in three years in 2009, earning the No. 7 seed.

St. John's players have thrived in the BIG EAST spotlight under Kvilhaug. In the past 11 seasons, Red Storm players have statistically ranked among the conference's elite and have garnered All-BIG EAST honors for their outstanding play. The Red Storm had three All-BIG EAST selections in Kvilhaug's first season at St. John's. In addition to landing seven players on the NFCA Division I All-Great Lakes Region Team, she has coached a total of 34 Red Storm players to all-conference team honors.

Before coming to St. John's, Kvilhaug spent four seasons as head coach of the Radford University Highlanders. While at Radford, she took the program to new heights and molded it into one of the top teams in the Big South Conference. Kvilhaug compiled a 127-115 overall record at Radford. After winning 17 games in her first year, she led her team to three consecutive seasons with 30 or more victories, marking the first time in Radford history that the team had posted back-to-back-to-back winning campaigns.

In 2006, Kvilhaug guided Radford to its first 40-win season and posted a .645 winning percentage. Under her direction, Radford's pitching staff ranked ninth in the nation with a 1.12 ERA and the Highlanders made their first-ever appearance in a Big South Championship game.

In her four seasons with Radford, Kvilhaug had 17 Highlanders earn all-conference honors. Eight players earned first team recognition, giving Radford more first-teamers in Kvilhaug's four seasons than in the previous 11 years combined. Kvilhaug was named Big South Co-Coach of the Year in 2005 and left Radford as the all-time wins leader.

Kvilhaug is very familiar with the BIG EAST, as she was a four-year standout in the circle for the Providence Friars from 1993-1996. The pitcher made an immediate impact for the program, earning BIG EAST Rookie of the Year, first team All-BIG EAST, second team All-New England and Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament MVP honors during her freshman season. Kvilhaug served as a team captain during her last three years on the team, leading the Friars to a BIG EAST Championship in 1994 and the ECAC Championship in 1995. She ranks first on Providence's all-time career list in appearances (115), starts (92), innings pitched (700.2), earned run average (1.20), wins (72), complete games (84) and shutouts (27).

Kvilhaug returned to her alma mater as an assistant coach from 1999-2002, after making coaching stops at Seton Hall, Rutgers and Florida Southern.

Kvilhaug graduated from Providence with a bachelor's degree in marketing and has started working towards her master's degree in sport management at St. John's. Originally from Taunton, Mass., Kvilhaug currently resides in Manhattan, N.Y.

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