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Cassie Vondrak is in her third season as an assistant coach on the Columbia softball staff. She specializes in pitching and joined the Lions in January of 2016 after serving as the assistant coach at New York University for almost two years.
Vondrak coached rookie Madison Canby to an All-Ivy League selection in 2017. Canby led the Ivy League in pitching appearances (34), while also ranking No. 2 in starts (24), wins (12) and innings pitched (146.0). Canby earned national recognition by the NFCA the week of March 27 - April 2 after posting a 4-0 record with a 0.94 ERA in 22.1 innings pitched as part of Columbia's 4-0 start to Ivy League play. The first-year pitched two complete games while tossing another 8.1 innings of shutout ball in relief. She was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week twice to go with one Pitcher of the Week selection. Canby also completed the season among the top-five in the Ivy League in strikeouts (64), complete games (9) and saves (3)
Vondrak was hired as the assistant at NYU in August of 2014, where she was primarily responsible for recruiting efforts and working with the Violets’ pitching staff. With a freshman-heavy roster, Vondrak saw the Violets compile a 12-24 record while finishing the season 12-10 with wins in four of its final five games.
A 2013 graduate of Long Island University-Brooklyn with a Bachelor of Science degree in health science, Vondrak was a three-year member of the Blackbirds' softball program. She spent two years as an undergraduate on the squad and one as a graduate student, earning a Master of Exercise Science in fitness for special populations from LIU-Brooklyn in 2014.
Vondrak pitched in three Northeast Conference (NEC) title games for the Blackbirds, helping the squad to the 2012 NEC Championship and earning Tournament MVP honors in the process. A three-time All-NEC Tournament team selection on the field, Vondrak also shined in the classroom where she was a member of the Dean's List, NEC Athletic Academic Honor Roll and the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society.
Before attending LIU-Brooklyn, Vondrak earned an Associate of Arts degree from Western Nevada College in 2011. While there, she was a two-year member of the Wildcats' softball team where she redshirted as a freshman and pitched for the squad as a sophomore.
Prior to her time coaching at NYU, Vondrak helped work at a Harlem RBI Real Kids summer leader with AmeriCorps. While there, she helped build lesson plans designed to help youths build teamwork, conflict resolution and self-esteem. Vondrak also organized and coached the baseball and softball teams for elementary school-aged participants.
Vondrak also spent time as a softball coach for the Greenwich Village Little League, focusing on all aspects of softball. She instructed pitching lessons, organized and ran practices, evaluated teams and opponents, and managed and motivated players during games.
Other experience for Vondrak includes volunteer work with the Special Olympics softball competition in New York where she assisted in several areas, such as scorekeeping, escorting athletes and presenting awards.
A native of Carson City, Nevada, Vondrak currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.