Kate Bowen G'16 will enter her second season as the Diane L. Potter '57 Head Softball Coach at Springfield College during the 2017-18 academic year. In addition to her role at the helm of the Springfield College softball program, Bowen will also serve as an Assistant Professor of Physical Education at the College.
In 2017, Bowen led the Pride to an overall record of 32-11. Springfield College's 32 wins in 2017 marked the third most in program history, as Bowen was recognized as the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III New England Coach of the Year and the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Coach of the Year at season's end. Prior to this past season, Bowen served as a Graduate Assistant Coach with the Pride from 2014-2016.
Over the past two seasons, the Springfield College softball program has been recognized as one of the top programs in the region. In 2017, the Pride was finished the season as the No. 1 team in the NCAA Division III New England Regional Rankings.
In addition to claiming NEWMAC Softball Coach of the Year honors in 2017, Bowen helped Kirsten Drobiak '18 earn NEWMAC Softball Athlete of the Year recognition, Talia Loda '18 pick up NEWMAC Softball Pitcher of the Year honors, and four All-Conference student-athletes, including Drobiak, Loda, Carianna Gasdia and Allie Wheeler. The Pride also had three NFCA First-Team All-Region honorees for the first time since 2011.
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.