Sept. 7, 2017
QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John’s Softball Head Coach Amy Kvilhaug has announced that former St. John’s shortstop Chrissy Montez will be joining the staff as a volunteer assistant for the 2017-2018 season.
“We are all really excited about bringing Chrissy back as a member of our staff,” Kvilhaug said. “She understands our expectations having played under me, and is extremely loyal and grateful to the program. Chrissy is a great coach, knowledgeable, competitive and will be such an asset to the team and staff.”
Montez, a 2013 graduate of St. John's, racked up a total of 36 home runs, accounted for 124 runs, and drove in an additional 124 runs.
During her senior season, Montez set a St. John's single-season record for home runs with 16, a record she still holds today. Her performance was good enough to earn her a spot on the NFCA DI All-Great Lakes Region Team for the first time. Other appearances on the single-season record book for the Santa Clara, Calif. native include runs (40, T-2nd), RBIs (41, T-8th), and slugging percentage (.706, 5th).
Following graduation, Montez received her masters in sport management with a specialization in international dimensions at St. John’s.
Despite her time off the diamond, she never lost her spark for the game. Montez has been providing private and group lessons to younger athletes who aspire to play college ball some day. Kvilhaug feels her knowledge will be an asset to the team.
“Since she has playing and coaching experience in all aspects of the game, she will assist in many facets,” Kvilhaug said. “This includes infield, outfield and hitting.
St. John’s is coming off of its fourth BIG EAST Championship appearance last season and with Montez’s experience, the Red Storm will try to capture its second conference title in program history.