Gabriel honored by WIACUW-River Falls’ softball coach Jody Gabriel of Hudson has been named the Coach of the Year in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC).
UW-River Falls’ softball coach Jody Gabriel of Hudson has been named the Coach of the Year in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC).
Gabriel, a social studies teacher at Hudson High School, is in her fourth year as head coach of the Falcons. In the team’s 5-4 win over UW-Whitewater on May 1, she won her 100th career game.
Gabriel led the 2011 Falcons to the WIAC regular season and tournament championships. The regular season title was the first for the Falcons since 1994 and UWRF won the WIAC tournament championship for the first time. The Falcons finished 13-3 in WIAC play.
Gabriel led the Falcons to a 14-0 home record this year, the first time in Falcon softball history the team has finished undefeated at home.
Gabriel competed with the Falcons from 1994-96. The 1994 team won the WIAC title and competed in the NCAA Division III playoffs. The 1994 team also had the second highest grade point average in the nation.
Gabriel earned an undergraduate degree from UWRF in accounting in 1996 and an M.S.E. degree (social studies) from UWRF in 2000. She is married to Barry Gabriel and they have a daughter, Sydney, 6, and a son, Caden, 3.