Jessica Allister, a former All-American catcher for Stanford, begins her third season as an assistant coach with the Cardinal program in 2008-09.
Allister returned to The Farm in the fall of 2006, after beginning her coaching career at the University of Georgia. At Stanford, Allister is primarily responsible for working with the catchers, assisting with hitters and recruiting, while also serving as the team's first base coach.
"Coach Allister has done an exceptional job in her first two years back at Stanford," said head coach John Rittman. "She is an outstanding recruiter, works extremely hard both on and off the field and has done a tremendous job working with our catchers and hitters. Not only does Jessica bring a great deal of knowledge and enthusiasm about the game, she brings the insight from having lived the experiences of a Stanford student-athlete. Jessica has really stepped up our recruiting efforts and done an excellent job of not only identifying and evaluating future Stanford softball players, but working very hard on the process of getting them to campus. We're excited to have her back this year."
Last season, Allister was an integral part of the staff that helped the squad post the second-highest win total in school history with a 49-15 record. Allister and the rest of the staff guided the team to its 11th-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and a trip to the College Station Super Regional. Under Allister's tutelage, sophomore catcher Rosey Neill was named Pac-10 Co-Defensive Player of the Year and matched a school record with 19 homeruns.
In 2007, her first year back at Stanford, Allister helped the team post its 11th consecutive winning season with a 35-21-1 overall record and earn an NCAA berth for the tenth-straight time. With the help of Allister, Neill, then a freshman, emerged as one of the league's best behind the plate, leading the conference in pickoffs and finishing among the top three in runners caught stealing.
Prior to coming to Stanford, Allister spent two seasons on the coaching staff at the University of Georgia. Primarily responsible for the Bulldog offense, Allister helped the squad post the sixth-best batting average in the country (.317) during her first season as the hitting coach in 2005. That year, Georgia captured the SEC Championship, clinched its first NCAA Regional title and advanced to the Los Angeles Super Regional. In 2006, Allister helped the Bulldogs to their third SEC Eastern Division title, their fifth consecutive season of 54 or more wins and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Allister graduated from Stanford in 2004 with a degree in economics. A four-year starting catcher for the Cardinal, Allister played more games in a Stanford uniform than any player in program history (266). A three-time all-conference selection, she led the team to four NCAA Regional appearances and was the starter behind the plate in both of the program's trips to the Women's College World Series. As a freshman in 2001, she earned her first all-region honor and helped the Cardinal to a program record 54 wins and its first WCWS appearance. As a senior in 2004, Allister became Stanford's ninth All-American, leading the team to its second appearance in the WCWS and finishing the season with a team-leading 12 home runs, 55 RBI, .631 slugging percentage and .404 on-base percentage. Allister led the conference in fielding percentage in both her junior and senior campaigns, and finished her career with the best fielding percentage in school history (.994). She concluded her career at Stanford second on the program charts in career home runs (32) and third in RBI (162), and remains among the program's top-10 in career slugging percentage (.473), doubles (47), hits (217), putouts (1103) and batting average (.283).
A native of Nacogdoches, Texas, Allister was a two-time All-American and 2000 Texas All-State selection at Nacogdoches High School. She played professionally as a member of the New England Riptide of the National Pro Fastpitch League in 2004 and 2005.