Hiram College Head Softball Coach Kristin Tassey has announced that she will step down from her position as head coach after eight seasons.
“I would like to thank Hiram College and the campus community for all that it has given to me and my family over the last eight years,” said Tassey. “The relationships, experiences and people on this campus have been an integral part of my family and life, and I will carry everything that Hiram has given me as I move on to the next chapter- doing real estate with my husband.”
Tassey became head coach at Hiram in the summer of 2006 and helped transform the softball program right from the start. During her tenure, she helped lead the Terriers to single-season win records on three occasions, the program’s only two NCAA Division III National Tournament appearances, two North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament titles, five trips to the NCAC tournament and earned NCAC “Coach-of-the-Year” accolades in 2007. She coached the program’s only All-American and conference player-of-the-year (twice) in standout Whitney Dropsey ’10, in addition to having six players earn All-Region honors (including two multi-time award winners) and 20 All-Conference players with several players earning All-NCAC honors on multiple occasions.
“Kristin has been a wonderful coach, mentor and role model for our women’s softball team,” said Athletic Director Ellen Dempsey. “Kristin has firmly established Hiram College Softball as a team to beat in the North Coast Athletic Conference.”
In Tassey’s first season, the Terriers finished 22-14, improving from a 10-27-1 mark the year prior, setting a single-season record in victories at the time (22). It marked the first winning season for the program since 1989 and Hiram also qualified for the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament for the first time in program history. Two seasons later, Hiram went on to claim its first-ever NCAC Tournament Championship behind a single-season record 27 wins and made the program’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament. In 2011, the Terriers captured its second conference tournament title and made a second appearance in the national tournament where Hiram advanced to the Regional Championship game. Hiram finished the season with its current single-season record win total of 29 victories (29-14 overall).
Tassey will leave Hiram as the program’s winningest coach with 160 career victories (160-141 overall) and had four seasons with 20 or more wins.
“Her passion for the sport, enthusiasm for life, and her focus on her player’s successes both on the field and in the classroom have firmly established Hiram College Softball as a regional and national competitor,” added Dempsey. “Kristin has been an outstanding colleague, we thank her for all she has done and we wish her all the best as she begins a new chapter in her life.”