Head Coach
Aileen Morales


Aileen Morales, one of the most decorated student-athletes in Georgia Tech softball history and a former highly successful assistant coach at her alma mater, returned to The Flats as the program’s sixth head coach on June 7, 2017.

“It’s with great excitement for the future of Georgia Tech softball that I welcome Aileen Morales back to The Flats as head coach,” Georgia Tech director of athletics Todd Stansbury said. “For nine seasons, Aileen was a major part of the most successful stretch in Georgia Tech softball history, first as a student-athlete, then as an assistant coach. I am confident that she is the right person to lead our program back to the national prominence that it has enjoyed for much of this millennium.”

In her nine seasons as a student-athlete (2005-08) and assistant coach (2009-13) at Georgia Tech, she helped lead the Yellow Jackets to four Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season championships (2005, 2009-11), four ACC Tournament titles (2005, 2009-10, 2012), eight NCAA regionals (2005-12) and an NCAA Super Regional (2009). The Jackets averaged 43 wins per season during her nine years with the program.

Since leaving her alma mater following the 2013 campaign, she has added four seasons as a successful head coach to her resume, first at Young Harris College in Young Harris, Ga. (2014-15) and most recently at Radford University in Radford, Va. (2016-17).

After inheriting a program that won just 12 games in 2015, Morales engineered the biggest turnaround in NCAA Division I softball when she led Radford to a 35-26 record in her first season at the helm in ’16. The Highlanders also climbed 96 spots in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) in her first season at the school, advanced to the Big South Tournament semifinals with their first postseason wins in four years and boasted two all-conference honorees.

Radford’s success continued in 2017 with 27 victories, including a 3-2 record against opponents from the ACC, and two more all-Big South selections.

In all, Morales compiled 62 wins in just two seasons at Radford and her .534 winning percentage is the third-highest in school history.

Prior to her two-year stint at Radford, Morales compiled 51 wins in two seasons at the helm at Young Harris.

In her final campaign at YHC, which was also the Mountain Lions’ first season as a full-fledged member of NCAA Division II after transitioning from the junior-college ranks, she led the squad to a then-program-best 31-18 record, which included a sterling 21-3 ledger at home.

She coached eight all-Peach Belt Conference honorees, one all-region selection and one academic all-American in her two seasons at Young Harris.

Morales began her full-time coaching career as an assistant coach at Georgia Tech from 2010-13. During that four-year stint, she helped lead the Yellow Jackets to 158 victories, two ACC regular-season championships, two ACC Tournament titles and three NCAA regional appearances while coaching 19 all-conference selections, four ACC Players of the Year and three all-Americans.

She got her start in coaching as a student assistant coach for Tech in 2009, helping the Yellow Jackets to the most successful overall season in school history, a 46-15 campaign that included ACC regular-season and tournament championships and the program’s lone NCAA Super Regional appearance.

Morales arrived at Georgia Tech in January 2005 after graduating a semester early from Hardaway H.S. in Columbus, Ga. Despite beginning her collegiate career during what was scheduled to be her final high-school season, she hit .296 with five doubles, a triple, two home runs, 32 RBI and an ACC-best 44 stolen bases in 49 attempts as a freshman, en route to being named ACC co-Freshman of the Year and earning second-team all-conference recognition.

She went on to be a three-time all-ACC honoree as a middle infielder, earning first-team accolades as a junior and senior in 2007 and ’08, and was also a three-time all-region selection. She earned third-team all-America honors after hitting .339 with 13 doubles, three triples, seven homers, 33 RBI, 34 steals and a then-ACC-record 73 runs scored as a junior in 2007.

She remains Georgia Tech’s all-time leader in games played (265), starts (265), at-bats (850) and stolen bases (154) and ranks among the program’s top 10 in runs (second – 216), hits (third – 261), doubles (t-fifth – 43) and triples (t-fifth – 10). She also holds three of the top five single-season stolen base totals in school history, including a school-record 46 as a senior in 2008.

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Assistant Coach
Reese Mariconda

Charissa "Reese" Mariconda joined the Georgia Tech softball staff as an assistant coach on June 22, 2017. She served as an assistant coach at Fordham for five season prior to her arrival on The Flats.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to work with a coach of Reese’s caliber,” Morales said. “During her coaching career she has been known for developing players and being a dedicated recruiter. Our players will benefit the most by her ability to develop and motivate them to play at the highest level. She is a proven winner and will help take our program to the next level.”

Mariconda has served as the assistant coach at Fordham since 2012, compiling a 195-101 record over five seasons. In her duration on the Fordham staff, Mariconda helped lead the team to five consecutive Atlantic 10 Tournament Championships. She was a member of the coaching staff that was named the 2017 NFCA Mid-Atlantic Coaching Staff of the Year.

At Fordham, Mariconda worked with the hitters, leading to an increase in the team batting average by 50 points, ranking No. 24 in the nation in batting average and No. 10 in the nation in scoring. During her time with Fordham, the Rams led the Atlantic 10 in almost every offensive category.

“I am excited, humbled and honored to join the Georgia Tech softball family,” Mariconda said. “I am thankful to Aileen for this wonderful opportunity to come home to the ACC. Georgia Tech has a strong history of ACC prominence and I am eager to bring the program back to the top of the conference.

“Aileen and I were great competitors during our playing careers so it will be special to work together to rebuild a competitive Tech team. My experience at Fordham under Coach Orchard was invaluable in learning how to work hard to find and develop talent, and I am excited for this opportunity to help lead Georgia Tech into a new era of success.”

Prior to her stint at Fordham, Mariconda served as the volunteer assistant at Radford University from 2010-12. At Radford, she helped bring the Highlanders two regular season Big South Conference Championships in back-to-back seasons.

She received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech where she played third base and shortstop for the Hokies from 2005-09, competing against Morales.

As a player, Mariconda was a two-time ACC Tournament Champion and three-time all-ACC selection. She was the only player in Virginia Tech history to start every game of her career. In 2008 she competed in the Women’s College World Series and was a member of the team that upset the USA women’s Olympic softball team, snapping its 187-game win streak.

She also competed alongside Morales as a member of the Puerto Rican National Team, participating in the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Canada Cup in British Columbia, Canada.

Pitching Coach
Alison Owen

Bringing with her a background in professional playing and coaching experience, Alison Owen joins the Georgia Tech softball coaching staff as the pitching coach as announced by head coach Aileen Morales on Monday.

“I would like to welcome Alison to our GT softball family as our pitching coach,” said Morales. “Her passion for the game is evident and I am confident she will develop our pitching staff. She has a wealth of high-level experience, competing both professionally and in the toughest conference in the country, the SEC. Alison’s roots are in this state and it is exciting to bring her closer to home.”

Prior to her arrival on The Flats, Owen served as an assistant coach for the Akron Racers, a team in the National Pro Fastpitch. During her coaching stint with the Racers, she prepared scouting reports for the pitching staff prior to series and assisted with the development of the lineup. Owen also pitched for the team for three seasons from 2014-16.

Before joining the Racers coaching staff, Owen was an assistant coach at East Mississippi Community College. She worked with a pitching staff that led the team to back-to-back postseason berths. She also worked to place the players in four-year programs.

Owen earned her Master’s degree in kinesiology from Mississippi State, where she played for two seasons. Despite only playing in Starkville for two seasons, Owen finished her career as the program’s all-time leader in almost every pitching record including strikeouts (473), strikeouts looking (102), lowest opponent batting average (.193), fewest walks allowed per seven innings (1.05) and most strikeouts per seven innings (8.83). She helped carry Mississippi State to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be in my home state with the Georgia Tech softball program,” said Owen. “I truly believe this year and the years to come will be special under Coach Morales’ leadership. Being a Georgia Tech alumnus, she has high expectations for the program and will push to attain those expectations.

“I am thrilled to apply my knowledge to the Atlantic Coast Conference and to learn with this coaching staff. Go Jackets!”

Volunteer Assistant/Director of Camps
Kate Kantor

Former Georgia Tech softball standout, Kate (Kuzma) Kantor joins the Georgia Tech softball staff as a volunteer assistant coach as announced by head coach Aileen Morales on Monday.

“Kate was a core member of the most successful class in GT softball history, compiling an ACC Championship in each of her four seasons as well as hosting a super regional,” said Morales. “It has made me proud to watch her develop as a coach these past years and gain experience throughout the ACC.

“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Kate and her husband, Mike, so having the opportunity to bring them back home to the GT softball family is humbling. Kate is a person of great character and I am excited for the opportunity to now work with her.”

Kantor spent the last year as an assistant softball coach at Duke University, working with catchers and outfielders defensively and with hitters offensively. She worked heavily with recruiting, coordinating communication and scheduling with recruits.

Prior to joining the Duke staff, Kantor was a graduate assistant in athletic event management and a graduate assistant softball coach at The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill while earning her Master of Arts in Exercise and Sport Science. As a graduate assistant coach, Kantor served as the tournament director for several tournaments including the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

“I would like to thank Aileen Morales and Georgia Tech’s administration for the opportunity to coach at my alma mater and return home to The Flats,” said Kantor. “During my time as a Yellow Jacket, Coach Morales played an integral part in shaping me into a competitive college athlete and the person that I am today. I couldn’t think of anyone better to work with and continue to learn from as a coach going forward.

“I’m excited to return and invest in the program that has already given me so much, and I look forward to joining forces with the coaching staff to further define Georgia Tech softball culture and continuing the winning traditions with the Georgia Tech family.”

Kantor also interned with the Atlantic Coast Conference office as a brand and marketing intern from 2013-14. She also was an intern with the Georgia Tech Christian Campus Fellowship, working with freshman relations, promotion and brand marketing.

As a player, Kantor, then Kuzma, was a standout athlete on The Flats. She was a member of three regular season ACC Championships (2009, 2010 and 2011) and three ACC Tournament Championships (2009, 2010 and 2012). A two-time all-ACC, all-ACC tournament and all-region selection, Kantor reached the NCAA Tournament all four years on The Flats and reached the school’s only NCAA Super Regional in 2009. She was also a team captain for her junior and senior campaigns.