|Alma Mater:||University of San Diego|
Cristina Byrne was named Assistant Coach to the UC San Diego softball program in September 2019.
Byrne joins the university with a great deal of prior experience having most recently served as a volunteer assistant at San Diego State University from 2016-18. Byrne was also the assistant coach at UC Davis from 2015-16 and was the head coach at both, CCAA opponent, San Francisco State University (2007-15) and Dominican University (2005-06).
In her first year at San Francisco State, Byrne guided the Gators to a record of 29-23 granting her the first head coach to accomplish a winning season upon arrival. Under Byrne’s impressive reign, her athletes earned multiple awards acknowledging not only athletics but academics: 13 All-CCAA, 4 All-West Region, 37 academic all-conference, and more.
UC San Diego welcomes Byrne back, after carrying out the role of an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Tritons during the 2003-05 and 2006-07 seasons. In 2007, she was part of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Coaching Staff of the Year at UCSD having helped lead the blue and gold to a record of 23-12 in conference play, as well as a NCAA Division II West Region appearance.
Byrne also led two tours overseas serving as the head coach of USA Athletes International in which the team traveled to both the Netherlands (2012) and Czech Republic (2013).
On top of coaching, Byrne was a member of the NCAA West Region Committee (2010-15) and handled responsibilities as the NCAA West Region Chair for a year from 2014-15.
Byrne played two years at San Diego State University (1997-99) before finishing her collegiate career with another two years at the University of San Diego (1999-01). Solely as an outfielder with the Toreros, Byrne committed just two errors and stole 18 bases in 20 attempts, placing her seventh of all time in a single season.
In 2000, she was named the team’s Offensive MVP and as a senior, Byrne captured the Torero award.
Byrne graduated from University of San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts in biology. She also attended Grossmont College where she received her certification in orthopedic technology.
Byrne has been involved with several community service duties including the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, Swing 4 Life Breast Cancer Research, the Wounded Warrior Project, Make-A-Wish, and the Special Olympics.