Alison Haehnel, enters her sixth season as the head coach of the Tigers. So far under Haehnel the Tigers have improved greatly both with their record and individual performance. In 2015, first-year Mackensie Priley was named 2nd Team-All SCIAC creating a building block for the future teams. In 2017 the team had a 6th place SCIAC finish and a program best 11 SCIAC wins. 2017 also included All-SCIAC accolades for first-year Nyla Gatison (1st team), sophomore Alexis Funaki (1st team), and sophomore Cora Roberts (2nd team). The staff was honored to be named SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year.
Ali was promoted to Assistant Director of Athletics and Deputy Title IX Coordinator in 2018.
Prior to the 2013 season, she was the head softball coach at NCAA Division III Concordia University Chicago for three years. In three seasons with Concordia, the Rolling Hills Estates, CA native’s teams tied and broke the school’s single-season win record in back-to-back seasons, made their first Northern Athletics Conference postseason tournament and 10 of her players were recognized on all-conference teams.
While at Concordia, Haehnel also served as the senior woman administrator, the director of compliance in the athletic department and was an adjunct English professor.
She had stops as an assistant coach at St. Mary’s College of California, Washington College and her alma mater, the University of Illinois at Chicago, before her tenure with the Cougars.
Haehnel is a member of the Alliance of Women Coaches and is a 2013 graduate of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy.
In her playing career, she was a two-time All-Great Lakes Region selection, two-time Horizon League Pitcher of the Year, First Team All-Horizon League, Horizon League All-Tournament Team selection and named to the Midwest Collegiate Conference All-Newcomer Team. She graduated with a BA in English and a minor in Spanish from UIC in 2004 and earned her Master of Education in Instructional Leadership from the school in 2008.
Haehnel resides in Torrance, CA with her husband David and her sons Nolan and Walker.