Athletic Department Staff
Elaine Sortino serves as UMass' associate athletic director for sports programs and student services and senior women's administrator. Sortino enters her 28th year as an administrator in the department, and her 34th year on the athletic department staff. Sortino joined the athletic department in 1979 as the head volleyball and softball coach. In 1984 Sortino was appointed senior woman administrator and was promoted to associate athletic director in 1987.
Sortino directly supervises six men's and women's sport programs. She also oversees student-athlete services, sports medicine, strength & conditioning, athletic health enhancement and the life skills program. Sortino served as tournament manager for the 1995 NCAA women's volleyball championship, and was a key member of the NCAA Certification Committee in 1995-1996. She also served on the NCAA Softball Committee in 2003 and 2004.
In 33 seasons as softball coach, Sortino has compiled over 1,000 wins at UMass and has led the Minutewomen to 19 appearances in the NCAA Tournament and three trips to the Women's College World Series. Sortino has never had a losing season at UMass, while winning the Atlantic 10 regular season title in 22 of the last 25 years.
A native of Yonkers, N.Y., Sortino posted a 218-134-1 record as UMass' volleyball coach from 1979-1986. A 1971 graduate of Oneonta State (N.Y.) University, she earned her master's degree from the University of Bridgeport in 1973. Sortino was inducted into the NFCA Hall of Fame in 2004.
Last Updated on May 29, 2012