Springfield, Mass. - September 6, 2016 - Springfield College Director of Athletics, Dr. Craig Poisson, is pleased to announce that Kate Bowen G'16 has been named the Diane L. Potter '57 Head Softball Coach at Springfield College.
Bowen, who just recently obtained her Master's degree in Athletic Administration from Springfield College in the Spring of 2016, will serve a one-year appointment at the helm of the softball program. In addition to her role as the Diane L. Potter '57 Head Softball Coach at Springfield College, Bowen will also serve as an Instructor of Physical Education at the College. For the past two seasons, Bowen was as a graduate assistant coach with the program, working primarily with hitters and outfielders, while also teaching Physical Education classes.
"I am thrilled to have Kate, a former NCAA Division I standout softball student-athlete - in the truest sense of the word - take the helm of our softball program," said Poisson. "As an assistant coach for the past two seasons, Coach Bowen has been an integral part of all facets of the Springfield College softball program. I am confident under Kate's leadership our softball student-athletes will be in the best position possible to achieve their individual and program-wide objectives and goals."
Over the past two seasons, the Springfield College softball program has been recognized as one of the top programs in the region, for last season, the Pride was ranked as high as No. 7 in the NCAA Division III New England Regional Rankings. Under Bowen's watch, a pair of student-athletes earned NEWMAC All-Conference honors, including Jenna Webb '16, who finished last season with a batting average of .363, 49 hits, 14 doubles and 17 RBI.
"I am very honored and humbled to be the new Diane L. Potter '57 Head Coach of Softball at Springfield College," said Bowen. "I would like to thank Dr. Poisson for giving me the opportunity to serve at the helm of the softball program. I am grateful to Coach Perrelli who welcomed me to her coaching staff as a graduate assistant coach. I am looking forward to continuing to work with the incredible student-athletes that I have been privileged to coach during my time at Springfield College. I'm very excited to continue the traditions and proud legacy of the Springfield College Softball program."
A decorated student-athlete at Manhattan College from 2010-2014, Bowen finished her career with the Jaspers with a career batting average of .340, including 18 home runs, and is the current program record holder in career at bats (618), ranks No. 2 all-time in hits (211), and third all-time in doubles (39), runs scored (122) and games played (190). Starting all four years either in the circle or on second base, the Newtown, Conn. native earned MAAC First Team All-Conference recognition in 2013 and 2014, and was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Northeast Region First Team in 2012.
In the classroom as a Physical Education major, Bowen was Manhattan College's Class Valedictorian, was one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award for Division I Softball, a Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-American, and was the MAAC Nominee for NCAA's Woman of the Year Award following her senior year.
Additionally, Bowen has played semi-professional softball for the Stratford Brakettes of the Amateur Softball Association (ASA), and helped lead the program to National Championships in 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2012, Bowen was recognized for her dominant play at the plate, as she earned the Diane Schumacher Batting Title and was named to the All-Tournament Team. Coincidentally, Diane Schumacher, who was a standout member of the softball and women's basketball program at Springfield College from 1971-75, was also inducted into the Springfield College Athletics Hall of Fame in 1992.