"Laurie has brought a new fire to our coaching staff," Crouch said. "She is an intelligent and experienced person as well as a softball player. Her enthusiasm and new perspective have inspired every member of this program to work harder and improve."
Gillis received Academic All-America honors while playing softball for two-plus seasons at Northwestern. As a youth, Gillis played on the same travel team as head coach Marcy Crouch.
Gillis graduated from Northwestern in 1999 with a bachelors in Cognitive Science and is currently enrolled as a graduate student in Occupational Therapy and Gerontology at San Jose State University. Gillis resides in San Jose.