Kirsten Voak begins her second season as co-head coach of the Golden Eagles with husband Jon Malgradi.
In her first season at the helm - with direct oversight of the pitching staff - the Golden Eagles navigated through a thin pitching rotation to finish among Conference
USA's best come season end.
Junior Beth Dietrich and graduated senior Courtney Ramos carried the bulk of the load for the year, drawing a combined 37 starts, and both moved into the school's Top 10 career performance ranks. Ramos' numbers, especially, improved dramatically under Voak's direction with her earned run average dipping almost two runs while her strikeout numbers also increased.
Voak came to Southern Miss after spending the 2006-2010 seasons at her alma mater, Arizona State, where she served as an assistant under head coach Clint Myers. In her five seasons with the team, the Sun Devils went 264-73 and won the 2008 WCWS National Championship. That year, Voak and the other members of the ASU coaching staff were named the National Coaching Staff of the Year. The Sun Devils were one of the top programs in the nation and made five consecutive trips to the Super Regional stage of the tournament and four consecutive trips to the WCWS.
While serving as the pitching coach, Voak developed three-time All-American pitcher Katie Burkheart, who was also named the MVP of the 2008 WCWS. She was also responsible for the development of six other All-Americans while at ASU.
Voak was a standout pitcher for ASU from 1999 through 2002, earning All-American honors in 1999 and 2000 and was also a three-time All-Pac-10 selection, earning the distinction in 1999, 2000, and 2001. As a player, she is third all-time in ASU history with 76 wins, including four no-hitters and a perfect game. She is the school's all-time leader with 893 strikeouts, and ended her collegiate career with a 1.48 ERA. Voak's name is all over the single season record book as well, holding the top two spots for single season strikeouts (316 in 2000, 314 in 1999), and she owns the second highest single season win total, 30 in 2000.
Voak was named the ASU Pitcher of the Year three times, and was a member of 1999 Junior Olympic Team and the 2001 ASA/USA National Softball team, helping lead them to the U.S. Cup, where they took home the gold medal. Voak also owns the State of California record with seven perfect games in 1998.