Rambler coach hit .278 with seven home runs and 20 RBI for Akron Racers
Following an impressive playing career at Northwestern University, Nicole Pauly, joined the Loyola University Chicago staff where she has helped the program to a pair of Horizon League regular-season titles in three seasons as an assistant to head coach Missy Beseres. A native of Palatine, Ill., Pauly was a four-time All-Big Ten performer at Northwestern and also played professionally for both the Chicago Bandits and Akron Racers of National Professional Fastpitch, earning All-NPF honors in 2012.
Pauly has mentored 14 All-Horizon League players in her three seasons at Loyola and during her time on the staff, the Ramblers have never finished lower than second place in the regular-season standings. Thanks to her work with the infielders and hitters, Loyola has established new single-season school records for fewest errors (47), home runs (44), and RBI (174), and during her tenure, the Ramblers have posted eight wins against BCS conference schools, with five of those victories coming against Big Ten Conference competition.
Picked to win the 2013 Horizon League title, the Ramblers lived up to the hype and equaled a school record with 16 conference wins en route to a share of the regular-season League crown, which marked the sixth time in the last 13 years Loyola has won outright or shared the title. Thanks to her work with Pauly, junior Lauren Moore blossomed into one of the top third basemen in the region and garnered National Fastpitch Coaches Association Second Team All-Great Lakes Region recognition, while setting a single-season school record with 13 home runs. Senior Brooke Andresen also closed out her career as arguably the finest hitter ever to don the Maroon and Gold as she established all-time school standards for hits (215), runs (116), and at-bats (637), while her .338 career batting average also ranks among Loyola's career best. Four players earned All-Horizon League accolades in 2013 - Andresen (first team), Brittany Gardner (first team), Moore (first team), and Brie Pasquale (second team).
Off the field in 2013, Loyola was recognized for its outstanding community service efforts with the Horizon League Community Outreach Award, and Andresen was a Capital One First Team Academic All-District V selection, and was also one of 30 national finalists for the Senior CLASS Award.
Loyola turned in one of its better offensive seasons in 2012 en route to a second-place finish in the Horizon League regular-season race and an appearance in the Horizon League Championship title game. The Ramblers hit .274 as a team and position players Brooke Andresen (first team), Lauren Arceneaux (second team), Jessica Balzano (second team) and Annie Korth (second team) earned All-Horizon League honors. Furthermore, pitcher Brittany Gardner collected Horizon League Pitcher of the Year honors in 2012 and became only the fifth Loyola player to secure all-region accolades when she was named NFCA Second Team All-Great Lakes Region. Six Ramblers were named NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes for their academic excellence.
In 2011, Pauly's instruction with Loyola's contingent of young hitters was instrumental in the team claiming the Horizon League regular-season championship for the fifth time in 11 years. Thanks to Pauly's work with the hitters, the Ramblers established a then-single-season school record by belting 41 home runs, shattering the previous mark of 37 set by the 2009 squad, and also matched a single-season school record by recording 16 Horizon League wins in 2011.
During the 2011 campaign, Pauly helped turn a Loyola team that was picked sixth in the Horizon League Preseason Poll into a championship-caliber outfit. Under her tutelage, a crop of Ramblers established career-best offensive numbers and a talented cast of freshmen matured into key contributors that will form the core of the program in coming seasons.
Pauly coached five players who earned All-Horizon League honors in 2011, including first team selections Andresen, Arceneaux and Gardner, as well as second team honorees Olivia Bell and Keali Engelkens. Gardner became the first Rambler to earn League Newcomer of the Year accolades since 1995.
One of the most accomplished players in Northwestern history, Pauly concluded her collegiate career with 53 home runs, 168 RBI, 149 runs scored and a .604 slugging percentage, while starting all 215 games Northwestern played during her four years in Evanston. A three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Pauly was a 2010 Second Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V pick.
Also one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award, which identifies personal qualities that define a complete student-athlete, with criteria including community service, excellence in the classroom, outstanding character and competition on the field, Pauly was hailed as a Lowe's Senior All-America Second Team choice.
During her senior season in 2010, Pauly hit .289 with nine doubles, 13 homers and 34 RBI.
Pauly graduated from Northwestern in 2010 with a degree in human development and psychological services and received her master's degree in school counseling from Loyola.