Head Coach: Albana Krasniqi (1st Year)
A former three-sport athlete at Purchase, Albana Krasniqi takes over as the new head women's softball coach for the 2011 season, replacing Steven Loscher.
She assisted Loscher on the women's basketball team last winter, but steps down from that post this year to focus on her new coaching duties. Krasniqi lettered in three varsity sports at Purchase from 2002-06. The two-time Purchase College Female Athlete of the Year was an All-Conference selection in all three sports, leading the basketball, soccer and softball teams to championships during her collegiate career.
Upon graduation, she joined the Purchase Athletics staff and shortly later spent two seasons as an assistant to the men's volleyball team and one season as the women's basketball assistant. Krasniqi would also go on to coach at the high school level.
In addition to her coaching duties, she is also the Athletic Facilities Manager at Purchase and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) chairperson.
Krasniqi, who earned her under graduate degree in history at Purchase, is currently working on her Master’s degree at Manhattanville.
Assistant Coach: Patricia Orellana (1st Year)
Former three-sport athlete Patricia Orellana is now a two-sport coach at Purchase College. Orellana, a former all-conference swimmer and softball player, joins Krasniqi on the softball diamond this spring after having joined the swim coaching staff in 2009-10 a season removed from a fine athletic career for the Panthers.
The three-sport athlete was an All-Skyline and HVWAC All-Conference swimmer and an All-Skyline softball player. She was also a member of Purchase’s women's basketball team, which reached the league tournament her senior year.
Orellana lettered in swim and softball, ranking among the top performers in both sports during her college career at Purchase. The former first baseman was named to the All-Skyline 2nd Team after a strong spring in 2008 and racked up several all-conference nods for the swim team in her final two seasons, dominating in her own individual events and playing a major role in team relays.
Last winter, under her guidance as a first-year assistant, women's swim took second at league championships. This year, she was the team's top assistant for both the women's and men's programs as the men's team wrapped up a successful first varsity season in the pool. In 2010-11, Orellana once again assisted Peter Nestel as the women's team captured their second Skyline Conference Tournament title in three years. She now owns the distinction of winning a swim championship as a member of the team and as a coach.
The New York City native is currently working on her Master's degree in sports leadership and splits her time out of the classroom between coaching youth softball, swim and softball at Purchase.