Chrissy Yard has been part of the Frozen Ropes staff as a softball instructor since 2011. She leverages her college playing experience along with her college coaching experience to teach pitching, hitting and fielding skills to softball players of all ages. Chrissy is currently an assistant coach at Kean University serving as the pitching coach for the Cougars. Since her first season at Kean in 2012, she has been a part of staff that has guided them to 3 NCAA appearances. She and the rest of the staff were named the 2015 National Fastpitch Coaches Association East Region Coaching Staff of the Year after leading the Cougars to their first College World Series appearance in nearly 30 years. Yard has helped produce one of Kean's most decorated pitchers in history breaking records in nearly every pitching category.
Yard spent the previous two years coaching in Connecticut as she worked as a graduate assistant for the University of New Haven in 2010 and assistant coach at Hartford University in 2011. During the 2010 season her team enjoyed a 42-8 record, advancing to the NCAA Division II Super Regional. Prior to coaching, Yard was a four year member at Rutgers University appearing in 117 games and tossing over 400 innings. During her sophomore campaign for the Scarlet Knights she recorded three saves, tying her for the standard in the single-season category. Yard excelled in the classroom as well by being named as a member of the BIG EAST all-academic squads in 2008 and 2009 and named a NFCA Academic All-American in 2009.
Prior to joining the Scarlet Knights, the Hillsborough, NJ native finished an impressive career at Hillsborough High School. As a freshman Chrissy was a standout both in the circle and at first base. The two time All-State and Somerset County Player of the Year led the Raiders to three consecutive Somerset County Championship titles and a Skyland Conference Champions her senior year. Yard also was named to the All-Group IV, All-Area and All-County teams in 2002 through 2005 seasons. In 2014, Yard was inducted into the Hillsborough High School Athletics Hall of Fame.