Former UMBC standout Julia Culotta joined the Retriever staff as an assistant coach in June 2011 and was appointed to a full-time assistant in Jan. of 2012. She serves as the top assistant on head coach Joe French's staff and is responsible for recruiting, scouting, and fund raising in addition to teaching physical education classes and providing ground and field maintenance. Culotta works most closely with the team’s hitting and the outfielders.
Over the past two seasons, Culotta has aided Coach French in revitalizing the program on both sides of the ball. In 2014, the Retrievers’ pitching staff posted the program’s first-ever perfect game and allowed the least amount of walks (78) for a UMBC staff since 1996, while offensively, the All-Conference First Team pair of Taylor Hall and Danielle O’Neill became the first UMBC duo since 2006 to each post 10-plus home runs in a season. Last season, the Retrievers followed by posting its highest batting average since 2007 (.289) and the highest on-base percentage since 2006 (.378), en route to placing three player on the America East All-Conference Second Team and a pair on the league’s All-Rookie Team.
During her four seasons with the Retrievers, Culotta has helped guide players to 17 all-conference honors, in addition to America East Co-Rookie of the Year recognition in 2012 for catcher Taylor Hall.
The five-year assistant coach has added to her coaching resume since joining the Retrievers, working numerous camps at UMBC, TNT, Towson and the Florida Rising Star.
Culotta is four years removed from her senior season with UMBC in which she was named to the America East All-Conference Second Team after batting a team-best .384 with nine home runs, 33 RBI and 37 runs scored – all career highs. She ranked in the top five in the America East in batting average, slugging percentage (.645), on-base percentage (.506), total bases (89) and walks (32). In addition, she belted nine doubles and was 10-for-12 in stolen base attempts.
A career .274 hitter, Culotta is tied for seventh all-time at UMBC with 21 home runs in her four years, and she ranks third with 84 walks. She amassed 155 hits, 96 RBI, 25 doubles and 93 runs in 207 career games, and she is one of 14 Retrievers ever to play in 200 contests.
Culotta served as a team captain in 2011, when she was named team co-MVP, and she was recognized on the America East Honor Roll for earning a GPA of at least 3.0 during her competition season three times. As a senior, Culotta ranked in the top-100 in the NCAA for batting average (96th) and walks (53rd), as well as the top-50 in the country in on-base percentage (41st). She was named the America East Player of the Week twice in 2012.
Before coming to UMBC, Culotta was a redshirt freshman at the University of Tennessee in 2007 when the Volunteers were the national runner-up at the Women's College World Series.
A native of Street, Md., who attended North Harford High School, Culotta graduated from UMBC in May 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in history, and is working towards her master’s degree.