Sortino Named ECAC Coach Of The Year
Aug. 19, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - The Eastern College Athletic Association (ECAC) announced this week that UMass softball head coach Elaine Sortino has been named the recipient of the Division I Softball Combat Sports/ECAC Coach of the Year award. Sortino will be honored at the ECAC Honors Luncheon presented by Jostens at the The Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis, Mass. on October 6.
"I am extremely honored and grateful to be recognized by the ECAC and Combat Sports for this award," Sortino said. "I have been very fortunate to have extremely talented and motivated student-athletes and assistant coaches with whom I share this honor."
Sortino, along with assistants Jessica Merchant and Kristi Stefanoni, led UMass to a 41-10 record in 2009 for the program's best ever winning percentage in a season of at least 30 games (.804). The Minutewomen went 16-2 in Atlantic 10 play before going 3-0 at the A-10 Championship to claim their 21st conference title and fifth-straight. For the third year in a row, UMass hosted an NCAA Regional, where UMass went 2-3, winning the first game of the regional final against Washington, 5-1, before falling in the second game to the eventual national champion, 6-1, in a 15-inning epic game.
UMass finished the season ranked 14th in both major polls.
Sortino was honored by the Atlantic 10 Conference at the conclusion of the regular season when she was named A-10 Coach of the Year for the 10th time, tying her with UMass men's swimming coach Russ Yarworth for the conference record in any sport. 2009 was the 2004 NFCA Hall of Fame inductee's 30th at the helm with a overall record of 1,058-441-5 (.705), moving her up to sixth on the active wins list.
Sortino and her assistants were also named NFCA Northeast Region Coaching Staff of the Year. It was the sixth time that a Sortino led coaching staff at UMass has earned the honor, most recently in 2006.
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