Henry Christowski
Henry Christowski
Title: Head Softball Coach
Phone: 515-961-1337
Email: henry.christowski@simpson.edu

Christowski's Credentials

  • Overall Record: 566-185-2 in 18 seasons
  • NFCA Hall of Fame Class of 2007
  • NFCA NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year (1997)
  • 3-time IIAC Coach of the Year (1997, 1998, 2010)
  • 2 NCAA National Championships (1997, 1999)
  • 4 NCAA Regional Championships (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999)
  • 8 NCAA Regional Appearances (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2006, 2008, 2010)
  • 5 IIAC Championships (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2010) 

 

One of the greatest coaches in the history of college softball, hall of famer Henry Christowski enters his 19th season as the head coach of the Simpson softball team in 2014. Since taking over in 1996, Christowski is 566-185-2 as the Storm's skipper.

Christowski added to his already impressive resume on April 2, 2011, becoming only the 28th coach in NCAA Division III history to reach the 500-win plateau thanks to a 5-0 win over Dubuque.

Under Christowski’s leadership, the Storm captured the only two national championships in the college’s 150-year history, winning titles in 1997 and 1999 while finishing third in 1996 and 1998. He also has five Iowa Conference Championships (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2010), eight NCAA tournament appearances (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2006, 2008, 2010) and four regional titles (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999).

Christowski is a three-time IIAC Coach of the Year, winning in 1997, 1998 and 2010. His 2010 honor came after leading Simpson to its first conference title in nine years. In 1997, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) recognized Christowski as the Division III National Coach of the Year following the Storm’s first national title.

Christowski cemented his legacy as one of the top coaches in the nation with his induction into the NFCA Hall of Fame in December of 2007, the Association’s highest honor. Along with American International College Head Coach Judy Groff and Central College head coach George Wares, the trio comprised the NFCA Hall of Fame Class of 2007.

Through the 2013 season, Christowski’s career winning percentage of .753 ranks eighth all-time in Division III, eighth among active Division III coaches and 26th in the history of college softball – in all divisions. His 566 career wins ranks 18th among active Division III coaches and 25th in Division III all-time.

Christowski is the only coach in NCAA softball history to win at least 200 games in his first five years as a head coach (201).

He became the winningest coach at Simpson on March 29, 2002 when the Storm defeated Webster (Mo.) 2-0. When Simpson defeated Dubuque in game one of their April 7, 2004 doubleheader, Christowski reached the 300-win plateau faster than any other Division III coach in history, needing only 362 games to attain the mark. St. Thomas head coach John Tschida is believed to have held the old record, as Tschida won his 300th game in 366 career games in 2003. Christowski won his 400th game on March 11, 2008, a 14-0 win over Marietta.

Christowski and his coaching staff earned the distinction of NFCA Coaching Staff of the Year in the 1999. Additionally, his staff claimed the NFCA Midwest Region Coaching Staff of the Year award in 1998 and 1999.

Beginning his career at Norwalk High School in 1969, Christowski led the Warriors to a 440-179 record by the time he left in 1980. During his time at the prep level, Christowski coached four Iowa High School Hall of Fame pitchers (Dowling’s Missy Allen and Norwalk’s Kris Brogan, Jeannine Christowski and Cindy Johnson).

Christowski earned his bachelor’s degree from Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State) and received his master’s from Drake.

Henry and his wife Patricia reside in Norwalk, Iowa.

Christowski at Simpson

Year Overall Record IIAC Record IIAC Finish Notes
1996 31-10 12-4 3rd NCAA Regional Champions
3rd Place - NCAA Championships 
1997 39-7 13-1 1st IIAC Champions
NCAA Regional Champions
NCAA National Champions 
1998 42-4 19-1 1st IIAC Champions
NCAA Regional Champions
3rd Place - NCAA Championships 
1999 47-4-1 16-2 1st IIAC Champions
NCAA Regional Champions
NCAA National Champions 
2000 42-8 17-3 t-1st IIAC Champions
NCAA Regional Appearance 
2001 20-10 14-6 4th  
2002 27-11 12-6 4th  
2003 31-4-1 12-3-1 4th  
2004 33-7 12-4 t-2nd  
2005 27-11 9-7 t-4th  
2006 29-14 11-5 4th NCAA Regional Appearance
2007 28-11 9-6 4th  
2008 29-12 13-3 2nd NCAA Regional Appearance
2009 26-17 7-8 5th  
2010 33-12 14-2 1st IIAC Champions
NCAA Regional Appearance 
2011 24-18 8-8 4th  
2012 29-15 10-6 3rd  
2013 29-10 8-6 4th  
Total 566-185-2 216-81-1   18 seasons

 

- updated through 2013 season