Becca Carden, a former starting outfielder at Arkansas and assistant coach at Harvard, returns for her third season with the Terriers after joining head coach Ashley Waters' staff in August 2015 as an assistant coach.
In her first season working primarily with the outfield, she helped the Terriers capture the Patriot League title and automatic NCAA berth after being selected fourth in the conference's preseason poll. Finishing 28-24 (11-6 PL), BU batted an impressive .303 while recording a .970 fielding percentage.
This past year, with Carden's assistance, junior Jilee Schanda increased her batting average by 40 points to .343 and also batted an impressive .436 during Patriot League play to claim the program's first conference Player of the Year honor since 2013. The Terriers finished PL action on a 14-game win streak and advanced to the conference tournament's championship round for the second consecutive season.
"I've had the pleasure of coaching beside Becca the past three seasons at Harvard, so this transition will be very smooth," said Waters at the time of announcement. "We offset one another in many ways, which creates a great balance in the program. She offers incredible insight in developing the outfield and knows how to bring out the best in her players. Becca's energy and dedication make the people around her better. I am confident that her teachings will take our outfield to a new level."
Carden spent the previous three seasons at Harvard splitting duties as an assistant coach working primarily with the outfielders and as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. She posted a career .286 avg. with the Razorbacks and graduated in 2011 as a CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree after batting .335 with six homers and 24 RBIs her senior season in the difficult SEC. Owning a master's in exercise physiology from Arkansas, she has also interned and worked as a coach at Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning.
Bill McDonald enters his 17th consecutive season and 21st overall as an assistant coach at Boston University, working primarily with the Terriers' infielders and pitchers. During five of the last nine years, he has helped lead the Terriers to the NCAA tournament.
He is currently in his second stint as a softball assistant after he served as an assistant with the team from 1991-94. During that time, he received a masters degree in education from BU's School of Education.
In addition to his on-the-field duties, McDonald teaches biology at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School in Cambridge, Mass.
A native of Somerville, Mass., the married McDonald has played men's major fastpitch for over 20 years. He has been named to the ASA's All-America Team and the ISC All-World Team.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
A former America East Tournament MVP at the University of Maine, Lauren Dulkis returns for her second season with the Boston University softball team as a volunteer assistant coach after joining the program in the fall of 2016.
During the past season, the Terriers finished conference play on a 14-game win streak and advanced to the Patriot League tournament's championship round for the third time in four years.
"Lauren is a phenomenal addition to this coaching staff," said head coach Ashley Waters at the time of the announcement. "She has a brilliant energy that will motivate and inspire are student athletes to push to the next level. She has great vision for the game and will help tremendously in all areas. Our program will be better with her a part of it."
A two-time team captain for the Black Bears, Dulkis is quite faimilar with the Terriers, as she hit a single and scored a run in the 2004 AE championship win over BU (2-1). An infielder, she also had a two-RBI triple in an earlier victory over Stony Brook to claim the tournament's top honor.
Her best statistical season came in 2005 when she batted .313 and tallied seven doubles with 17 RBIs. For her efforts her senior year, she received AE All-Conference First Team accolades.
Dulkis received the Academic Athletic Award each season during her time at Maine and was also named to the Dean's List before graduating with a bachelor's in business administration.