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Head Coach • Leslie King

Head coach Leslie King enters her 18th season at the helm of the University of Pennsylvania softball team in 2021.

Since her arrival at Penn, King led the program to its first NCAA Championship appearance (in 2013) and has coached 49 players who earned 101 All-Ivy honors and seven players who earned Ivy League yearly awards including two-time Player of the Year Christina Khosravi (2006, 2008). Other major award winners include Emma Nedley (2019 Rookie of the Year), Leah Allen (2014 Rookie of the Year, 2017 Player of the Year) Jurie Joyner (2015 Rookie of the Year), Alexis Borden (2012 Rookie of the Year), Jessie Lupardus (2008 Rookie of the Year), and Annie Kinsey (2007 Player of the Year). In addition to being named the 2007 Player of the Year and a four-time first-team All-Ivy selection, Kinsey was also named to the Easton All-American second team. Under the direction of King, eight players – Lauren Li, Alexis Borden, Sydney Turchin, Elysse Gorney, Brooke Coloma, Alisha Prystowsky, Keiko Uraguchi, and Annie Kinsey – were named All-Ivy in each of their four seasons. King has also coached six players to 11 NFCA All-Region honors. 

The 2020 season may have been shortened by a nationwide outbreak of COVID-19, but under King, the Quakers were able to accomplish several impressive things. The 6-3 start in the first nine games was the programs best start since 2008 and the Quakers earned five wins by the run-rule. On March 9, the Quakers earned a clean sweep of Ivy League Weekly Awards, with Jennifer Brann recording her fifth Pitcher of the Week award, Kayla Ketring's first Player of the Week and Bella Fiorentino's first Rookie of the Week. 

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Associate Head Coach • Dani Gonzales

Dani Gonzales was hired as an assistant coach with Penn softball prior to the 2013 season and was promoted to Associate Head Coach in September 2021. As the program's top assistant throughout her tenure, Gonzales has served a critical role in the development of Penn softball while working with Head Coach Leslie King.

During Dani's coaching career at Penn, the Quakers have earned 19 All-Ivy honors, three Ivy League Rookie of the Year awards (Leah Allen in 2014, Jurie Joyner in 2015, Emma Nedley in 2019), and one Ivy League Player of the Year honor (Leah Allen in 2017).

Gonzales made her way to Penn via fellow Big 5 school Saint Joseph’s, where she spent seven years, first as a standout student-athlete and then as a coach. From 2010-12, Gonzales served as an assistant coach with the Hawks. She helped coach the Hawks to two consecutive Atlantic 10 Tournament berths, an A-10 title game appearance, and its first 30-win season since 2002.

Prior to coaching, Gonzales was a member of the Saint Joseph’s softball program from 2005-09 where she was a mainstay in the circle. In addition to being captain of the team her senior season, she was a two-time A-10 All-Conference performer (2008, 2009), she was named as the team’s Most Valuable Player in 2007, named to the A-10 All-Tournament Team in 2009 and was a three-time A-10 Athlete of the Week honoree.

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Assistant Coach • Matt Klampert

Klampert was added to Leslie Kings staff in August 2022 following a four-year stint as an assistant coach with the Fordham softball team under head coach Melissa Inouye. In the staff's first season on Rose Hill, the Rams secured their seventh consecutive Atlantic 10 championship, sixth regular season title, and ninth trip to an NCAA Regional.

In the few weeks that were considered the 2020 season, three Rams secured a total of five Atlantic 10 weekly honors. A year later, the Rams earned the No. 2 seed at the A-10 Championship after going 17-3 in A-10 play and 37-10 overall. Six student-athletes earned all-conference honors, led by Devon Miller as Rookie of the Year, and four garnered NFCA All-Region accolades. 

At Fordham, Coach Klampert worked specifically with outfielders and assisted with hitters, oversaw all equipment and apparel ordering and inventory, coordinated all ground transportation, handled scouting reports, worked directly with Fordham facilities, created social media content, and assisted with fundraising and camps and clinics. 

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