Springfield, Mass. - May 24, 2017 - 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.
Most recently, Bowen served a one-year appointment at the helm of the Springfield College softball program, and 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.
"Kate Bowen has been and will continue to be an extremely valuable addition to our department, coaching staff and institution," said Poisson. "As a decorated collegiate student-athlete, in the truest sense of the word, I am confident that Kate will thrive as a teacher-coach at Springfield College, and that our storied softball program will continue its culture of tradition and commitment to excellence in the years to come."
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 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (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.
"It is my honor to continue as the Diane L. Potter '57 Head Softball Coach at Springfield College," commented Bowen. "Not only am I thankful to Dr. Poisson and the search committee for this wonderful opportunity, but also to the faculty, staff, student-athletes and alumni at Springfield College that have supported me for the past three years. The Springfield College softball program has an incredible amount of tradition, and I am more than excited to continue the legacy that has been created over the past 54 years. I am excited for the future of this program, to continue to work with the outstanding student-athletes on the softball team, and grateful to be a part of the Springfield College family."
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.
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.
In addition to her role as the Diane L. Potter '57 Head Softball Coach at Springfield College, Bowen, who obtained her Master's degree in Athletic Administration from Springfield College in the Spring of 2016, will also serve as an Instructor of Physical Education at the College.