Stephanie Poetzsch, a 2002 graduate of Stony Brook, enters her third season as assistant coach with the Seawolves' softball program in 2005. Poetzsch, who serves as the Seawolves pitching coach, has played a key role in the development of the Stony Brook pitching staff, including guiding Angela Andrews to second team America East all-conference honors and Sarah Hoffman to all-rookie accolades in 2004.
Poetzsch rewrote the Stony Brook softball record books in her three years with the Seawolves, becoming the program's all-time winningest pitcher with 36 victories and the all-time strikeouts leader with 632. She started a school-record 75 games in her career and recorded an all-time high of 18 shutouts in her three years. Not only that, Poetzsch set a single-game record for strikeouts (15) and pitched the first no-hitter and the first perfect game in the program's history. She holds several single-season records as well.
Poetzsch received All-America East honors in 2002 and team MVP honors as a junior and senior. She was also named Stony Brook's Female Athlete of the Year after her junior season in 2001.
Poetzsch, a native of East Islip, N.Y., graduated from East Islip High School in 1998. She played one season at the University of Rhode Island before transferring to Stony Brook, where she concluded her career in 2002.