Nicole Hennessey was named an assistant coach for the UC San Diego softball program in September 2017.
During the 2018-19 season, Hennessey helped the Tritons to their first West Region title and NCAA Championship appearance since 2012. UC San Diego claimed the title in dramatic fashion, with a walk-off win over top-seeded Concordia Irvine during the NCAA West Super Regional in Irvine.
It was also a thrilling road to the Super Regional, as UC San Diego overcame the losers bracket while hosting the NCAA West Sub-Regional. The Tritons beat conference rival Chico State twice on the final day to advance to the Super Regional.
That same season, Hennessey assisted the Tritons to their first California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) regular-season crown since 2011. Hennessey and the staff were ultimately named the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) West Region Coaching Staff of the Year for their efforts throughout 2018-19.
In 2017-18, Hennessey aided UC San Diego to its 10th NCAA Division II postseason appearance. The Tritons competed in the NCAA West Sub-Regional.
Hennessey came to the Tritons after spending one year as head coach of the Firecrackers travel ball team. She also interned at 108 Performance Academy in Riverside, where Hennessey worked with athletes ranging from six to 26-years-old to help improve throwing, hitting and overall performance.
An outfielder, Hennessey played three seasons at California Baptist University after spending her freshman season at Azuza Pacific. She led the Lancers to a PacWest championship and was named a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America Scholar-Athlete. Hennessey earned both a bachelor's and master's of science in kinesiology from Cal Baptist.
A native of Rancho Cucamonga, Hennessey attended Los Osos High School.