MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) announced a plan back in April to expand women's sports at the college which also served as part of a multi-year plan to expand co-curricular offerings at the university. Today that plan took another significant step forward as the MSOE Raiders athletic department announced the hiring of Brooke Gajewski as their first full-time softball coach in program history.
"We are excited to have Coach Gajewski step in to take the reins of the program. She had a very accomplished career as a player and has been well groomed for the job by her experiences at Quincy and UW-Parkside," said MSOE Athletic Director Brian Miller. "Brooke was very aligned with our mission which is critical as we venture forward with our growth in women's sports. With a new stadium on the way and a veteran team intact, the Raiders are set for a strong future. I am confident Coach Gajewski will lead the Raiders to continued success."
Gajewski, a native of Kronenwetter, Wis., comes to MSOE after two different stops as an assistant in recent years. She started her coaching journey at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside as their hitting coach from 2018-2020 before spending the last two years at Quincy University focusing on the pitching staff. Gajewski also spent time as the head coach of a 16-U travel ball team.
Gajewski played at the NCAA D-II level, spending four seasons at McKendree University in Lebanon, Ill. She was an offensive force with the Bearcats and ranks in the career top ten in 16 different categories including home runs (2nd with 33), runs batted in (2nd with 132), total bases (3rd with 295), and walks (3rd with 73). She also holds 12 top ten single season records as well. Gajewski was named a NFCA Division II All-American, First Team All-Region, and First Team All-GLVC on her way to helping the Bearcats reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history in 2018. She was also First-Team All-Region and First-Team All-GLVC in 2016.
"I am beyond excited to be back in my home state of Wisconsin and thankful for the opportunity that MSOE has given me," said Gajewski. "I especially want to thank Brian Miller and the rest of the interview committee that gave me the opportunity to become the next leader of this talented team of outstanding women to achieve success both on and off the diamond. Let's get to work Raiders!"
Gajewski is taking over a Raiders program that has seen unprecedented success in recent years. The Red & White have gone 114-32 (.781) since the 2019 season, capturing two NACC tournament titles along the way. MSOE has also earned their way into two NCAA tournaments during that time and came one game away from their third straight appearance at the end of their 2022 season. The Raiders have won three games during their time on the national stage and were one win away from the regional championship contest in 2021.