Heidi Freitager-Kirkaldy is in her eighth year at Virginia and serves as the associate head softball coach.
Since Coach Miller's arrival in 2013, Freitager-Kirkaldy has served as the catching and hitting coach while spearheading all recruiting efforts. She also still works closely with the Cavalier pitchers. She is instrumental in alumni outreach, coordinating academic support and works closely with the marketing and promotions and media relations staffs to positively promote the program.
From 2008 to 2013, Freitager-Kirkaldy served as the pitching coach and guided pitcher Melanie Mitchell to one of the best pitching careers in UVa history. Mitchell finished her career as UVa all-time leader in wins (79), strikeouts (1,101), complete games (117), innings pitched (942), appearances (161) and starts (144). She earned first-team all-region and first-team all-conference honors in 2010 and to the all-region first team in 2013.
Freitager-Kirkaldy arrived in Charlottesville after a one-year stint at Temple. Before her time in Philadelphia, she spent two years as the head coach at Everglades High School in Miramar, Fla. She led Everglades to the 2007 6A state championship while claiming two district titles. She also guided the West Pines Diamond Dusters 18 Gold squad during her time in Florida.
Prior to coaching in the high school ranks, Freitager-Kirkaldy served as an assistant at Nova Southeastern (2005), Morehead State (2004) and New Mexico State (2003). Freitager-Kirkaldy played at Northern Iowa (1997-2001) where she started at catcher for four seasons and led her team to the Missouri Valley Conference championship in 2000.
She graduated with a bachelor's degree in science in 2001 and later went on to earn a master's degree in sports administration from Morehead State in 2002. Freitager-Kirkaldy was inducted into the Irondale High School Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009.
End Comes Too Soon for No. 1 CavaliersMen's Basketball3/17/18In the NCAA tournament's first round, No. 1 seed Virginia lost 74-54 to No. 16 seed UMBC in a South Region game in Charlotte, N.C.No. 1 'Hoos Ready to Roll in CharlotteMen's Basketball3/15/18At approximately 9:20 p.m. Friday, in a South Region game, No. 1 seed UVA (31-2) meets No. 16 seed UMBC (24-10) in the NCAA tournament's first round.'Hoos Ecstatic To Be Dancing AgainWomen's Basketball3/13/18In its first NCAA appearance since 2010, Virginia (18-13) will meet California (21-10) in the first round Friday at 5 p.m. in Columbia, S.C.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
Saturday Start Moved to 3:30 p.m.
Softball | 3/17/2018
Game two of the series between Virginia and Syracuse moved to 3:30 p.m. due to rain.
Errors Costly in Series-Opening Loss
Softball | 3/16/2018
Virginia commits six errors as Syracuse rides Alexa Romero's no-hitter to 12-0 win.
Virginia Hosts Syracuse in ACC Action
Softball | 3/15/2018
Cavaliers close home stand with three ACC games against Atlantic-leading Syracuse.
Wednesday Game Against Liberty Postponed
Softball | 3/12/2018
Virginia's Wednesday (March 14) game versus Liberty has been postponed due to cold temperatures...
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Softball | 3/10/2018
Fifth inning struggles down Hoos as Georgia Tech rallies to sweep doubleheader, series.
Georgia Tech Rallies to Claim ACC Opener
Softball | 3/9/2018
Fifth-inning ejection flips game, as Yellow Jackets seize momentum and rally from two-run deficit.
Jeff White: Commitment Paying Dividends for Gott
Softball | 03/09/2018
A junior who splits time between catcher and DP, Olivia Gott is hitting .333 for Virginia, which ...
Softball Series Finale Moved into Saturday Doubleheader
Softball | 03/09/2018
With inclement weather expected to impact Charlottesville on Sunday, Virginia and Georgia Tech...
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