Tori Nyberg is in her sixth season as a member of the Wildcat staff after spending the 2004 season at Illinois-Chicago as an assistant. The Belmont, Calif., native earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Stanford in 2003 and a master's in counseling psychology from Northwestern in 2009.
As Northwestern's pitching coach, Nyberg's staffs have put up some tremendous numbers. In her five years at NU, the program's hurlers have an ERA of 1.89, a .736 winning percentage (215-77), 8.80 strikeouts per seven innings (2,444 total) and 82 shutouts.
In Nyberg's first season as a 'Cat, all three Wildcat pitchers turned in career-best ERA's, while tying or surpassing their best single-season win totals. Courtnay Foster became the second Wildcat (the first since All-American Lisa Ishikawa) in school history to fan more than 200 batters in three-consecutive years -- in 2006 she would join Ishikawa as the only other pitcher to whiff 200 or more in all four of their collegiate seasons. Foster also picked up third-team All-America honors in 2005.
In 2006, Nyberg coached Eileen Canney to the program's first Big Ten Pitcher of the Year honor (an award established in 1992) and a second-team All-America accolade. Canney had one of the best seasons in school history, ranking second in single-season history with 26 wins and 383 strikeouts while rating third in shutouts with 17. Her performance on the sport's biggest stage netted her a WCWS All-Tournament team accolade.
Controlling one of college softball's best staffs, Nyberg also helped Foster to a career-high 24 wins in 2006 while watching the senior become the second Wildcat to ever hit the 1,000 strikeout plateau. Foster concluded her career with 1,014 and ranks 26th in Division I history with a 9.1 strikeouts per seven innings ratio.
Nyberg coached NU's first freshman pitcher in three seasons, Lauren Delaney, to a perfect 15-0 start to her career in 2007. Under Nyberg's tutelage, Delaney concluded her freshman season with a 19-2 record, a 1.73 ERA and 190 strikeouts.
Canney finished her career with two records that are a big deal in Northwestern history. She tied former Wildcat ace Lisa Ishikawa's career (97) and single-season (33) records for wins, while concluding her career in the No. 2 spot on NU's all-time strikeouts list with 1,142. She also became the third pitcher in conference history to win two Big Ten Pitcher of the Year honors.
Delaney took over the reigns of the staff in 2008, earning Big Ten Pitcher of the Year honors while breaking NU school records for wins (37), games (51), complete games (44) and innings pitched (321.0). She became the second pitcher to reach 400 K's in a single season, finishing eight shy of the school record with 461. Ranking in the top 10 in the nation in wins, strikeouts per seven innings and hits allowed per seven innings while tying the school single-season record with five no-hitters, Delaney truly had an All-America caliber season.
Delaney again finished among the nation's leaders in victories (10th) and total strikeouts (11th) during the 2009 season. In one stretch during the year, Delaney won five-of-six straight games against opponents ranked in the top-8 in the nation.
During her career with the Cardinal, Nyberg compiled 53 wins in the circle. She earned All-Pac-10 honors her junior and senior seasons.
Her best collegiate season came in 2002 when she posted a 26-11 record with a 1.51 ERA en route to second-team All-Pac-10 honors. She received an honorable mention All-Pac-10 nod in 2003 with a 1.79 ERA and 128 strikeouts.
Nyberg also has post-season experience, pitching in the 2001 Women's College World Series where she dropped a close 1-0 decision to Arizona.
In her only year with the squad, UIC finished with a 42-23 record and advanced to the semifinals of the Michigan NCAA Regional that season.