Eileen Canney Joins Softball Staff As Pitching Coach
Sept. 12, 2011
CHICAGO - UIC head softball coach Michelle Venturella announced Monday morning the addition of two-time All-American and two-time Big Ten Pitcher of the Year Eileen Canney to the Flames coaching staff.
"We are extremely fortunate to have Eileen join our UIC softball family," said Venturella. "She has one of the best softball resumes' in the country. Not only did she dominate when she played at Northwestern, but she continued to find success on a national and international level, which gives her a unique perspective into our sport. Along with Eileen's accomplishments as a player, she brings a personality that everyone will enjoy. I couldn't be more pleased to have her join our program."
Canney joins the UIC staff with a wealth of playing experience, including a four-time letterwinner at Northwestern, which included a second- and third-place finish at the Women's College World Series and a two-time All-American. She then was a member of two national softball teams, an international squad and most recently, the United States National Team.
"I couldn't be more excited to be a part of the UIC family," said Canney. "I moved from Calif. to Chicago in 2003 to attend Northwestern and pitch for the Wildcats, and I have been infatuated with the city and its rich softball culture ever since. As a cross-town opponent, I witnessed firsthand the strength of the Flames' softball program, and now I eagerly anticipate moving to the other dugout and growing with a new family. All of the pieces are in place to take this program to great heights, and I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the journey."
In addition to her playing experience, Canney coached the 2011 Under Armour All-American high school game, where she led the nation's 30 best high school softball players as they showcased their talents during the ESPN RISE games. Canney also provides private instructions that develop upcoming players both physically and mentally.
Canney's accomplishments as a player are evident as the Paradise, Calif. native was a member of the Northwestern softball team from 2003-07. During her rookie year (2004) she was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, in addition to being an all-Big Ten and NFCA all-Mideast Region selection each season (2004-07). During the 2006 season Canney assisted her team to a second-place finish at the Women's College World Series, which propelled her to be named to the all-tournament team, in addition to earning her first All-American honor and Big Ten Pitcher of the Year award.
Canney again returned the Wildcats to the Women's College World Series during her senior campaign (2007), where Northwestern placed third. The standout pitcher earned her second All-American and Big Ten Pitcher of the Year accolades, in addition to being named to the USA Softball Player of the Year Watch List. After her tenure with the Wildcats, Canney played for the New England Riptide, a national professional fast pitch team, during the 2007-08 seasons. She was a two-time all-National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) selection, while also leading the league in strikeouts and ERA.
Canney then returned to Chicago and played for the Chicago Bandits (2009-11), where she was again selected to the all-NPF team and was named the 2009 National Pro Fastpitch Pitcher of the Year. The pitcher took her talent overseas as she is one of only seven Americans who were invited to play in the Japan Softball League.
As a member of the United State National Team (2010-11) she has pitched in multiple international competitions and earned three gold medals in 2010. The first medal was at the IPF World Championships in Venezuela, followed by the Japan Cup and then the KFC World Cup of Softball.
A native of Paradise, Calif., Canney earned a bachelor's degree in human development and psychological services from Northwestern in 2007.