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Jill Justin-Coffel (born October 1967) is a former 4-time NCAA Division I All-American, right-handed softball player who played as an outfielder. Originally from Oak Lawn, Illinois, she played for the Northern Illinois Huskies from 1986-1989 and later was a medal-winning member of Team USA softball. She is the 4-year batting champion (5th overall) for the NCAA and owner of nearly all Husky offense records.
In her 1986 freshman season with the Husky program she earned All-MAC conference honors. During this season, Justin-Coffel also set new season records for batting average, home runs and slugging percentage, all of which have ranked in the top-5 at Northern Illinois University. On April 4, 1986, Justin-Coffel hit a school single-game record of three doubles vs. the Ball State Cardinals.
During her sophomore year, Justin-Coffel earned First Team All-American recognition. The Husky broke her own average and slugging records whilst also posting new records in hits, doubles and on-base percentage. Justin-Coffel still heads the lists in both seasons for slugging and doubles, and her 7 triples were tied in second place for the all-time record at Northern Illinois University (NIU). Her school record batting average, a career best, led the NCAA.
Justin-Coffel also achieved a (then) university record for a 15-consecutive game hitting streak. On May 1 1987, she became the first player in Division I to hit three home runs and amass a total of 13 bases for a single game (against the Bradley Braves), in which the Huskies eventually won 12-2. Both record totals from the May 1 game were the highest totals for the Division.
In 1988, Justin-Coffel was once again honored as a First Team All-American. She was also selected for the All-North Star conference team after the program spent a year as an Independent.[clarification needed] In the same year, for the second consecutive time, she was crowned batting champ in the NCAA. Justin-Coffel's home run and on-base percentage were new school records in 1998 and, as of 2011, she retained the on-base title; her hits were second only to her previous year's total and, as of 2011, ranked fifth all-time.
The Huskies entered its first Women's College World Series and it was also Justin-Coffel's only appearance. During that 1998 World Series, Justin-Coffel was awarded the NSC Offensive MVP title.
For her final season with the Huskies, Justin-Coffel was awarded with all-season honors as a 1989 First Team All-American and received her second All-North Star selection. Achieving a .443 average, it was the first occasion a Division I player had hit .400 or better in all four eligible seasons of play. For the Huskies, Justin-Coffel held all top-4 averages and she also surpassed Yvette Cannon (George Mason University) for the batting crown in all Division I capacities where at least two seasons of 250 at-bats were played. Her career-best run batted in (RBI) total was also a new school record and she led the NCAA in slugging percentage.
Justin-Coffel was invited to join Team USA and proceeded to win gold at the World and Pan-American championships between 1990 and 1995. She auditioned, and was selected for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
The former Husky also played during the summer season for the Connecticut Brakettes from 1999 to 2004 and set all-time team records for RBIs, home runs and doubles. On August 24, 2001, Justin-Coffel "singled to drive" in the winning run for the National A.S.A. Championship, in which the Brakettes won 2-1.
On October 7, 2004, Justin-Coffel was inducted into the Northern Illinois Hall of Fame and, in 2002, was inducted a second time alongside her 1998 team mates. Justin-Coffel was also inducted into the Harold L. Richards High School's Hall of Fame on September 24, 2006.