Head Coach Elaine Sortino and her staff are hosting the Second Annual Winter General Skills Clinic.
Gleason enters her second season as Associate Coach at UMass. She helped guide the Minutewomen to a 29-19 record in 2011, and working primarily with the infielders, helped lead second baseman Kyllie Magill to her third Atlantic 10 All-Conference honor.
No stranger to Amherst, Gleason, most recently the associate head coach at Michigan State, was an assistant coach with the Minutewomen from 1996-2000, helping lead the team to two Women's College World Series appearances, and earned a master's degree from UMass in 2000.
"I am ecstatic to be rejoining the UMass softball staff," Gleason said upon her hiring. "The tradition and everything UMass Softball stands for is something that is exciting to be a part of again. I look forward to meeting the team and working with them."
"Kathryn Gleason was an integral part of our softball program's success in her previous tenure here," Sortino said. "Our players and I feel extremely fortunate to have her return to UMass and we are looking forward to the future."
Gleason most recently coached for six years at Michigan State, serving the last five years as associate head coach. She primarily worked with the infield, coaching six All-Big Ten and four All-Region honorees, along with guiding the Spartans to four-straight Big Ten Tournament berths. She served as the program's recruiting coordinator and director of all camps and clinics. Gleason was also the Spartan's liaison for the Friends of Jaclyn program.
Joining the Spartan staff in June of 2004, Gleason came to State following a three-year stint as an assistant coach at Purdue University (2001-2004) and four years as an assistant coach at the UMass (1996-2000).
At Purdue, Gleason assisted with team academics, equipment, promotions, tournaments, facilities, recruiting and strength and conditioning. On game days, she supervised and directed the outfield and was the hitting instructor. Additionally, she worked with Purdue's softball camps and clinics.
At UMass, Gleason helped lead the Minutewomen to four Atlantic 10 regular season conference titles and four A-10 Championships. The UMass softball team made four appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including winning the 1997 and 1998 NCAA Regional Championships, as well as advancing to the Women's College World Series both years. Gleason's responsibilities at UMass included the team's operating budget, travel, recruiting and camps. Additionally, she worked as the UMass first base coach.
Gleason earned her bachelor's degree in sport management and communications from the University of Michigan in 1996. She was a member of the 1993, `95 and `96 Big Ten Regular Season Championship teams, the `95 and `96 Big Ten Tournament Championship teams, and played in the `95 and `96 Women's College World Series while serving as co-captain of the `96 team.
She earned her master's degree in sport management from UMass in 2000, and worked as a marketing and promotions intern at the University of Michigan during the 2000-01 academic year, as she fulfilled her degree requirements.
Gleason just completed a two-year term as the Second Vice President for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) after serving two terms as the Assistant Coach Representative for the Association.
A native of Country Club Hills, Ill., she was inducted into the Marian Catholic High School Hall of Fame as "Athlete of the Year" in the 2002 induction class. Gleason was also inducted into the East Suburban Catholic Conference High School Hall of Fame in March 2008.
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