CHICAGO (June 27, 2018) – Jackie Manrique
, who has spent the last two years as the head softball coach at Trinity Christian College, has been named assistant softball coach at Loyola University Chicago, head coach Jeff Tylka
announced today. Manrique will work with the Ramblers' pitching staff.
"We are extremely excited to add Jackie to the Loyola family," Tylka said. "Her experience and work ethic helped set her apart from other candidates. She has been successful wherever she has been. Jackie's knowledge as a pitching instructor and her plans to develop our pitchers both as athletes and as community leader will help Loyola softball continue to grow."
In two seasons at Trinity Christian in suburban Palos Heights, Manrique guided the Trolls to 34 wins and in 2017 helped the program record 18 victories, just the second time in over a decade that it won 18 or more contests. The Chicago native piloted Trinity Christian to a pair of CCAC Championship berths, marking the first time since 2014 that the Trolls qualified for the league tournament.
Manrique, a graduate of Lane Tech High School in Chicago, developed a pair of all-conference players in 2018, including Chloe McRobbie, who was also named Google Cloud First Team Academic All-America.
Prior to her appointment at Trinity Christian, Manrique served as an assistant coach at North Park University for three seasons, working primarily with the pitchers and catchers. She played collegiately at St. Cloud State University before an injury cut short her junior season.
Loyola posted 23 victories in 2018 and returns seven position starters and all three of its pitchers for the 2019 campaign.