Alexis Alcantara Joins Penn Softball Staff

Philadelphia – The University of Pennsylvania athletic department has hired Alexis Alcantara as an assistant coach for softball. She will work primarily with the Quaker pitching staff.

Alcantara, a 2004 graduate of Hofstra University, served as a graduate assistant for the Pride athletic department after graduation. While there, she coordinated the athletic department’s community outreach activities and assisted with fundraising initiatives. Since 2004, she has also been a private group and individual pitching instructor.

“I am very excited to be working with Penn softball,” Alcantara said. “I consider it a privilege to be able to come into the program. I look forward to helping Penn achieve a high level of success in the future.”

During her playing career as a pitcher at Hofstra, Alcantara helped her team to the 2004 NCAA Regional finals after winning the Colonial Athletic Association crown. Following the season, she was named to the Second-Team All-CAA, and earned CAA Softball Scholar Athlete of the Year honors. In 2003, Alcantara’s performance won her a spot on the First-Team All-CAA and the First-Team Verizon/CoSIDA Academic All-District.

"Hofstra has a very well-respected softball program and is one of the powerhouses on the East Coast,” said Head Coach Leslie King. “Anyone who has played there for four years will have a wealth of knowledge and experience to bring to any program. Alexis has a great playing background – she knows how to win and I am confident she will do a great job helping our student-athletes achieve success on and off the playing field."

Alcantara earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Hofstra in 2004 and is currently pursuing her master’s degree there.

-Written by Tim Flynn, athletic communications assistant.