WHITTIER, Calif. – Trisha (McCormick) Senyo has been recently named the new Senior Woman Administrator and Head Softball Coach at Whittier College announced by Executive Director of Athletics Robert Coleman.
Senyo comes in and takes over a Poet program that has seen three consecutive appearances to the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Post Season Tournament and a SCIAC Championship Title (2015) under former Head Coach Dee Dee Kingsbury who resigned last week to take a position at Cal State Fullerton within Academic Affairs.
"Trisha is a great fit for this role," Coleman explained. "She is respected by student-athletes and coaches as well as her peers within the world of athletics. Her character, values, and work ethic make her a perfect fit and a valuable asset for Whittier. Trisha's knowledge and previous history at Whittier will allow her to step right into this role and make an immediate impact."
Prior to Whittier, Trisha was the Head Coach at Chaffey College for two years. In her first season she turned the program around from a losing record to a 26-14-1, 11-4 SCC finish and a berth into the West Regional. That season the Panthers led the Foothill Conference in triples (24), stolen bases (73), slugging percentage (.461), as well as finishing 2nd in batting average, hits, runs batted in, total runs and tied for homeruns (9). Defensively, the Panthers lead conference in fielding percentage(.938), strike outs (129) and team ERA (3.08). The 2016 roster also broke a few Chaffey program records including stolen bases, triples, and team ERA in a season as well as single-season stolen bases (23). The program also proudly announced one NFCA Academic All-American. This past year (2017) the Panthers finished 15-23, 3-9 SCC.
Senyo spent the 2014-2015 season at Riverside City College as her introduction to the CCCAA and worked primarily with infielders, hitters and the battery. Prior to RCC, Senyo was the First Assistant Coach at Sonoma State University (SSU) from 2010-2014. In addition to her softball duties, Senyo was the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the department and worked with many of SSU's 13 intercollegiate teams including Men's and Women's Golf, and Men's and Women's Soccer, all of which saw post-season competition.
On the softball field, Senyo was instrumental in helping the Seawolves to a program-record 43 wins in her first season in 2010, then 149 more wins in each of the following four seasons, to go along with 2 back-to-back CCAA tournament championships and 5 NCAA tournament appearances. The Seawolves were nationally ranked in the top 25 three out of the five seasons. . Senyo assisted in the program in achieving 24 All-Conference selections, 20 All-Region selections, 3 All-Americans as well as setting new records for single season homeruns, team batting average, on base percentage, most hits, total bases and walks as well as increasing team totals for stolen bases from an average of 54 to 139 within a season.
Prior to her stint at Sonoma State, she served as the assistant coach at Whittier College alongside head coach Jennifer Bridges, helping the Poets to a 24-18 record in 2009 and their first ever conference tournament appearance in school history.
Senyo just recently completed her MS in Fitness and Sports Nutrition from Canisius College. As a student-athlete, Trisha spent four years at the University of La Verne and earned All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) honors. She also graduated Cum Laude with departmental honors from La Verne.
Prior to her career with the Leopards, she was a two-sport athlete at Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton, Calif. where she earned First Team All-League honors in softball and Second Team All-League accolades in volleyball. Senyo holds a USAW Level 1 Club Coach Certification.
"I am honored to follow after such a talented line of coaches and student-athletes at Whittier," Senyo explained. "I am very excited for the 2018 season! I am grateful to Whittier College for this opportunity to join an institution, athletic department and softball program with such a successful and rich history and promising future."
Her husband, Mike Senyo is the Whittier College Director of Strength & Conditioning and they both reside in La Verne, Calif.