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Kirsten Voak
Kirsten  Voak

Co-Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Arizona State, 2002


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Kirsten Voak and husband Jon Malgradi were named co-head coaches of the Southern Miss softball team prior to the 2012 season.

During his first two seasons working with the Southern Miss hitters, Voak produced back-to-back Conference USA All-Freshman team honorees. In the 2012 season, freshman Caroline Walker earned the distinction after leading the team with a .336 batting average. She notched 40 hits, including seven doubles, a pair of triples and a home run. The following year, freshman Morgan McKeever was named to the All-Freshman team. Like Walker, McKeever led the team in batting average, boasting a .269 clip with a team-best 45 hits, including seven doubles, a triple and two homers.

The 2013 season also saw junior transfer Taylor Beck earn C-USA All-Tournament accolades. The Meza, Ariz. native, finished the conference tournament, going 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored as the Golden Eagles fell to regular season champion UAB, 3-2, in extra innings.

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.

During the 2012 season, Voak directed a young group of pitchers with just one veteran pitcher, Dietrich, who was with the Golden Eagles prior to the season. The second-year coach worked with true freshmen Kaitlin Wilson and Emily Wood, as well as directing transfer Kimberly Wagner and Dietrich. The trio of Dietrich, Wagner and Wilson carried the majority of the workload, combining for 74 appearances with 50 starts to their credit. Under Voak's tutelage, the trio of pitchers combined for 332.0 innings with 157 strikeouts.

Voak came to Southern Miss after spending the 2006-10 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 amassed a 264-73 (.783) overall record and won the 2008 Women's College World Series (WCWS) National Championship.

During the 2008 season, Voak and the other members of the ASU coaching staff were named the National Coaching Staff of the Year.

Throughout her tenure at Arizona State, the Sun Devils were one of the top programs in the nation, making five consecutive trips to the Super Regional stage of the NCAA Tournament and advancing to four consecutive Women's College World Series.

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 Arizona State from 1999 through 2002, earning All-American honors in 1999 and 2000. In addition, she was a three-time All-Pac-10 selection, earning the distinction in 1999, 2000 and 2001.

As a player, Voak finished her collegiate career third all-time in Arizona State history with 76 wins, including four no-hitters and a perfect game. She closed out her ASU career as the school's all-time leader with 893 strikeouts. Voak boasted a 1.48 ERA in her four-year tenure at Arizona State. When she ended her career, Voak's name was all over the single-season record book, holding the top two spots for single-season strikeouts (316 in 2000; 314 in 1999), and she owning the second highest single-season win total - 30 in 2000.

Voak was named the Arizona State Pitcher of the Year three times. In addition, she was a member of 1999 Junior Olympic Team and the 2001 ASA / USA National Softball team, helping lead the team to the U.S. Cup, earning the gold medal.

Voak finished her prep career as the State of California's record holder with seven perfect games in 1998. She graduated from Arizona State with a degree in sociology in 2002.

Malgradi and Voak were married in 2002 and are among a select group nationally to serve with their spouse as co-head coaches. The couple has one child, Gianna.

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