Harvard University’s head softball coach (at the time of this writing), Jenny Allard, was among the first college coaches to come out, a momentous unveiling prompted by a mundane event: her partner moving in with her. The scarcity of openly queer Division I coaches has made her a spokesperson on queer college athletics, commenting on basketball player Jason Collins’s coming out.
Allard’s athletic record is equally impressive. She was an All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year while enrolled at the University of Michigan for her undergraduate degree, and ranked in the top four all-time in 15 hitting at pitching categories. Since accepting her position at Harvard she has led the team to numerous honors; all four of its Ivy League titles have been won under her tenure, and the team’s 1998 season was the best in its history.