TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona Softball has hired Christian Conrad as an assistant pitching coach, the program announced on Friday.
“We are very excited to welcome Christian to the Wildcat Family,” head coach Caitlin Lowe said. “He is passionate about the development of his pitching staff and the use of cutting-edge analytics and technology that have become difference-makers in our sport. A true student of the game and energetic recruiter, Christian will make an immediate impact on our program’s quest to win our next national championship.”
Conrad comes to Arizona following three seasons at Loyola Marymount as the pitching coach for the Lions. At LMU, Conrad coached the back-to-back West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year and helped the pitching staff record sub-3.00 ERAs in the 2022 and 2023 seasons.
In the 2023 season, Conrad coached the Lions to a 2.99 ERA which led the WCC. He helped LMU ace Jenna Perez lead the conference in strikeouts (233), strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.82), and strikeouts per seven innings (9.6). Conrad mentored Perez to post a 2.27 overall ERA which ranked second in the WCC and a conference-leading 1.10 ERA in WCC play.
In 2022, LMU ranked second in the WCC with a 2.63 ERA under Conrad’s direction – the lowest staff ERA during Conrad’s time at LMU. Under his guidance, Perez posted a 1.63 ERA – which led the WCC – in her first season at LMU.
Prior to LMU, Conrad spent time at Oregon and Florida State. At Oregon, Conrad was an undergraduate assistant under former head coach Mike White and current head coach Melyssa Lombardi, working with All-American pitchers Maggie Balint, Miranda Elish, and Megan Kleist. During his time at FSU, Conrad worked with head coach Lonni Alameda to develop pitchers and learn about the strategy of using a team’s bullpen effectively.
Conrad also has coaching experience as the batting practice coach for the USA Softball U-19 team in 2019 and as a team facilitator for Athletes Unlimited in the fall of 2020.