Christie Ambrosi was named the SVSU Softball Head Coach in December 2020. Ambrosi comes to SVSU from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Arizona, where she was the head softball coach since July 2018.
In her first season leading the Cardinals in 2021, Ambrosi led the team to a 29-17 overall record and a 17-13 GLIAC record. SVSU would drop the first game of the GLIAC Tournament against Wayne State. The Cardinals came back to beat Ashland before falling to Purdue Northwest. Ambrosi coached Julia Salisbury to second in the GLIAC with a .389 batting average. Blasia Moyler tied for first in the GLIAC with 12 home runs hit, while Sarah Gersch led the conference with 25 stolen bases. Six Cardinals earned All-GLIAC honors under Ambrosi. Jackie Popko and Emily Depew landed on the First Team, Moyler and Sara Moos earned Second Team honors, while Gersch and Meagan VerVaecke earned Honorable Mention All-GLIAC.
During her time leading Embry-Riddle, Ambrosi led the Eagles to their first postseason appearance in program history and the team registered its best-ever conference record as well. Five players earned all-conference selections, including the Cal Pac Freshman of the Year, under Ambrosi's tutelage. The Eagles excelled in the classroom as well, as five student-athletes were named NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athletes for both the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
A native of the Overland Park, Kansas, Ambrosi had a decorated playing career at both the collegiate and international levels. In 2000 she was a member of the U.S. Olympic squad that won a gold medal at the Sydney, Australia games. Ambrosi has six other gold medals from international competitions, including the Pan-American Games and Junior World Championships.
A 2000 graduate of UCLA with a BA in History, Ambrosi was a two-time All-American outfielder for the Bruins, winning a national championship in 1999. A three-time All-Pac 10 selection, she finished her career at UCLA with a .367 batting average. In the team's 1999 championship season, Ambrosi was named to the All-College World Series Team as well.
Ambrosi owned a pair of softball clinics in the Kansas City area before beginning her collegiate coaching career. She was the head of the Kansas City Softball Academy and the Christie Ambrosi Clinics, helping solidify her foundation of 20-plus years of softball coaching experience by providing fastpitch instruction to players of all ages and skill levels. Christie also made numerous appearances as a motivational speaker for various community organizations.