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UC San Diego - Softball Camps
UC San Diego - Softball Camps

Coaching Staff

Associate Head Coach & Recruiting Coordinator - Jessica Millsap

Jessica Millsap was promoted to Associate Head Coach in August of 2013 after serving as an assistant coach with the UCSD softball program since the fall of 2009. Since the 2010 season, Millsap has also served as the pitching coach and pitch caller.

Millsap is also the recruiting coordinator for the Tritons. During her tenure, players have been named All-CCAA 41 times, including two Freshman of the Year honorees.

The Tritons won a school-record 45 games in 2011 and 2012 and made back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Division II national title game, winning their first championship in 2011 and finishing as the runner-up in 2012.

Millsap was part of the 2011 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division II National Coaching Staff of the Year as well as the 2012 NFCA West Region Coaching Staff of the Year.

Primarily working with Triton pitchers and outfielders, Millsap guided a 2011 Triton pitching staff that had the eighth-lowest ERA (1.44) in the nation and the lowest ERA in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). Ace Camille Gaito finished with the second-most wins in the nation and the fourth-lowest ERA. Moreover, UCSD regular starting outfielders Kris Lesovsky, Katrin Gabriel and Taylor Sepulveda all boasted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.

Between January 2007 and May 2009, Millsap served as the top assistant for Biola University, helping the squad to an overall record of 77-63. The 2007 campaign turned out to be especially spectacular as the Eagles advanced to the second round of the NAIA Region II Tournament.

Before her experience at Biola, Millsap spent time as an assistant coach for the Jets Gold 18U squad in Agoura Hills and head coach at nearby Arcadia High School.

Millsap graduated from Chatham University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. As a senior, she captained the Cougars' softball team while earning Most Valuable Player honors. She received her master's degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University in Irvine in 2014.

Millsap was born and raised in San Diego and graduated from West Hills High School, guiding the Wolf Pack to a CIF Championship title in 1999 and CIF Championship runners-up in 2000.

Millsap is married to Matt Morrison, head football coach at La Jolla High School and math teacher at Blessed Sacrament Parrish School. They reside in Clairemont with their two dogs. She is the younger sister of Carissa Kalaba who is also on the Triton coaching staff.

Assistant Coach - Carissa Kalaba

Carissa Kalaba was named an assistant coach with the UC San Diego softball program in October of 2016.

Kalaba comes to the La Jolla campus with 10 years of head coaching experience. She was most recently the head coach of Utah State from 2009-13. She coached one All-American and seven all-conference players. Kalaba’s team also excelled in the classroom as she had 22 conference all-academic honorees, one CoSIDA Academic All-American and a 100% graduation rate during her tenure.

Prior to Utah State, Kalaba was the head coach at Biola University from 2004-09, where she compiled a 143-93 record as the all-time winningest coach in program history. She coached four All-Americans, 10 all-conference athletes and nine national scholar-athletes as well as having a 100% graduation rate.

Kalaba was the head coach as well as a social science teacher at Arcadia High school from 2000-04. She was named the 2004 CIF Woman of the Year.

Kalaba played softball collegiately at UCLA, helping the team win the 1999 NCAA World Series Championship and Pac-10 titles after transferring from Hofstra. She was an undergraduate assistant coach at UCLA during the 2000 season.

Kalaba graduated from UCLA in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in history.

Kalaba is the older sister of UCSD associate head coach Jessica Millsap.

Assistant Coach - Carly Mitchell

Carly Mitchell was named an assistant coach with the UC San Diego softball program in January of 2017.

Mitchell played softball at San Diego Mesa Junior College from 2011-13, where she helped her team win PCAC Conference Championship's in 2012 and 2013. As a short stop, Mitchell earned First Team All-PCAC honors in 2012 and received a PCAC Honorable Mention award in 2013.

From 2014-15, Mitchell played for CSU Dominguez Hills where she earned the Defensive Player of the Year and the Heart and Hustle award in 2015.

A native of San Diego, Mitchell earned her associate's degree from San Diego Mesa in 2013 and her bachelor’s degree in business administration from CSU Dominguez Hills in May of 2015.

Assistant Coach - Liz Silva

Liz Silva was named an assistant coach with the UC San Diego softball program in September of 2016.

Silva comes to UCSD after spending two years as the assistant coach (2015) and head coach (2016) of the varsity softball team at Hilltop High School in Chula Vista where she guided the team to two Metro-Pacific League titles and a semifinals berth in the CIF Division III Championship. Prior to her time at Hilltop High School, she was an assistant coach and co-head coach for Horizon Christian Academy from 2012-14.

Silva has worked with numerous travel ball teams in the past. She got her start with the Bonita Valley Girl Fast Pitch 8U and 10U (2007-09) and was an assistant coach for the San Diego Power Surge 16U (2012-2013) and San Diego Renegades (2014). Most recently she was an assistant coach for the SoCal Breaker 18U team in 2016.

Silva got her start in coaching working with the Eastlake High School varsity and junior varsity volleyball teams.

Silva played softball collegiately at Oklahoma State, graduating in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in health. She played catcher and second baseman for the Cowgirls and was an All-Big XII selection. Silva was also a member of the 1998 Oklahoma State team that finished third in the Women’s College World Series that year.