Danielle Zymkowitz '07
DanielleZymkowitz graduated from Chaminade College Preparatory in 2007. While at Chaminade, she played four years of softball and basketball. In 2006 and 2007, she led the Eagle softball team to back-to-back CIF championships. During her senior year, she was acknowledged with Mission League first team honors and named MVP. She cites Kelli DiMuro and John Ellinghouse as influential coaches.
After Chaminade, Danielle studied communications at the University of Illinois, from which she graduated in 2011. She also holds a Master of Sports Administration degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey.
Recruited to play softball at the University of Illinois, Danielle was named team captain during her sophomore, junior, and senior years, and led the team to back-to-back regional appearances. She finished her collegiate career as a two-time All-American (the first in program history), three-time first team All-Big 10, and a top 10 finalist for the Lowe’s Senior Class Award. She still holds program records for batting average (.384), hits (277), runs scored (202), stolen bases (.910), and stolen base percentage (.858).
After college, Danielle played for seven years on the Chicago Bandits, a professional softball team, while also coaching at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Toledo University, and the University of Wisconsin. As a Chicago Bandit, she won the Cowles Cup in 2011, 2015, and 2016, and a regular season championship in 2013. Danielle is the only player to ever win three championships as a Chicago Bandit. She retired in 2017 and is now associate head softball coach at the University of Wisconsin, where the Badgers have made three consecutive postseason appearances for the first time in school history. Just recently, they upset #1 Oklahoma in their NCAA regionals to snap their 41-game winning streak on national TV.