UMBC Athletics Staff Bios
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.
“I am excited to have Julia join the staff,” head coach Joe French said at the time of hire. “She was one of the hardest-working players I have ever coached, and I expect she will be the same as a coach. When you think about role model student-athletes, Julia heads the list.”
The second-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.
“I have seen Julia grow from a shy transfer freshman, to a full-time assistant coach who contributes to our success in numerous ways,” said French.
Culotta is two 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.
“I would like to thank Coach French and Dr. (Charles) Brown (athletic director) for allowing me this opportunity to coach at UMBC,” Culotta said at the time of hire. “It is with great pleasure that I accept this position and help us try to win an America East championship as soon as possible. I enjoyed my four years as a player very much, and now I want to embark on the next phase of my athletic career.”
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 she is currently pursuing a master’s degree in historical studies from UMBC.