Coastal Carolina vs. Radford
Coastal Carolina vs. Charleston Southern
2012 NCAA Athens Regional - Georgia Southern
2012 NCAA Regional - Georgia
2012 NCAA Athens Regional Practice
Allanna (Ali) Ferrari is in her seventh year with the Coastal Carolina softball team and her third as Associate Head Coach, assisting with all aspects of the program.
She has helped guide the Chanticleers to back-to-back Big South Conference regular-season championships the last two seasons. In 2014, Coastal finished 41-15 for the program's second 40-win season in three years (fourth in school history) while advancing to the Big South Tournament's championship game. The Chants finished the regular-season with a 20-4 record in conference play, the most league victories ever for a Big South team. Coastal also posted its highest-ever finish in the national RPI rankings, coming in 55th. Additionally, Kiana Quolas, Kory Hayden and Bri Chiusano ranked among the 10 nationally in several different categories throughout the season and were among seven Chanticleers to earn all-conference honors. The trio was joined on the All-Big South first team by Morgan Noad and Ashley Bagwell, while Sara Rasley and Amanda Daneker were named to the second team. Quolas was also named to the NFCA All-Region second team for the second straight year.
Coastal posted a 37-22 overall record in 2013, including a 19-5 mark in league play to earn the program's first Big South regular-season title since 2006. The Chants finished the season leading the conference in all major team pitching categories and offensively broke a school-record by hitting 70 home runs. Ferrari coached five 2013 All-Big South honorees as Kiana Quolas was named Pitcher of the Year and joined Kory Hayden on the first team, while Ashley Bagwell earned second-team honors and Bri Chiusano and Morgan Noad were selected to the All-Freshman Team.
In 2012, Coastal recorded a school-record tying 44 victories, including a Big South Tournament championship and a win in the NCAA Regional. Ferrari coached three First Team All-Big South Conference players in 2012 with pitcher Kiana Quolas and utility player Sarah Maples joining third baseman and Big South Freshman of the Year Kory Hayden.
Coastal ended the 2011 season with an overall record of 25-34 and took fifth in the Big South Conference after going 7-11. Chelsea Pineda was named to the All-Big South Second Team as catcher and Sarah Maples earned a spot on the Big South All-Academic team. Brooke Donovan was named the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Player of the Week three times during her freshman campaign,Ashley Bagwell received the honor twice during the 2010-11 season and Jesse Winans took the honor once.
During her first season Ferrari helped lead the Chanticleers to their best finish since 2006 and a nice run in the Big South Tournament. Also, in her first year, she had a Big South co-Freshman of the Year honor in Jazmin Daigle and All- Big South first team honor in Cacia Pierre.
Ferrari came to Conway from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she had served as the head coach for the past two seasons and assistant coach from 2004-2007. While at IUP, she was responsible for all aspects of the Division II program, including recruiting, budgeting and coaching of the program. During her time as head coach, her squad posted a 36-45 record, improving to a 19-19 mark last season. Under her direction, she had back to back Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Rookie of the Year honors in shortstop Marissa Leslie and pitcher Erin Holloway. She also led the squad to a berth in the PSAC Tournament her first year at the helm and had three NFCA All-Region and eight All-PSAC players over the two seasons. The Crimson Hawks were also recognized for their academic success, ranking in the top 10 in the nation with a 3.43 grade-point average and had players earn 16 NFCA Scholar-Athlete awards.
In her first season on the staff in 2005, IUP earned berths in both the PSAC and NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional tournaments and won three games at the region tournament to qualify for the championship round.
Prior to her time at IUP, Ferrari was on the coaching staff for one season at Saint Francis (Pa.). She has been active in softball camps, including serving on the staff at the UCLA Bruin Softball Camp in Los Angeles where she works with many of the top players and coaches in the country.
Ferrari was a standout player for two seasons at California (Pa.), earning several accolades during the 1999 and 2000 campaigns. She was twice selected First Team All-PSAC West and All-Mid-Atlantic Region and played on two conference championship squads. In 1999, Ferrari played a key role on a Vulcan team that won the Mid-Atlantic Region championship, and she was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Ferrari earned her bachelor's degree in business administration and management from California in 2001 and earned her master's degree in sport science and sport management at IUP in 2010.