CHESTNUT HILL, MA -- Pine Manor filled its softball vacancy on Monday, hiring Kristi Lyman to lead the program as head coach.
To Chestnut Hill she brings a history of success as a coach and instructor, as well as experience as a multi-sport, Division I student-athlete at the highest level as a softball and field hockey standout at Providence College.
Lyman served as assistant varsity coach at Austin Preparatory High School in Reading, MA in 2008 and 2009, leading the Cougars to a 13-9 and 15-7 record respectively and guiding them to the MIAA Division 3 North semifinals two years in a row. Prior to Austin Prep, Lyman was a varsity assistant coach at North Andover (MA) High School in 2005 and served as a coach for the Amateur Softball Association Under-18 Dracut Speed and Under-16 Mass Confusion club for many years.
She is also active as an instructor throughout the New England camp and clinic circuit. Among the venues at which Lyman has coached are Top Gun Softball Camp, StrikeOne Indoor Sports Facility, Bishop Fenwick Championship Softball Camp and Salem Parks and Recreation, where she has served as the softball director since 2005.
One of the most versatile, consistent contributors in recent Providence College softball history, Lyman ranked among the team leaders in runs, hits, doubles, games played and at-bats in her three years with the Friars. A team captain and former BIG EAST Conference Player of the Week, Lyman excelled throughout the infield and outfield and was the Lady Friars starting catcher as a sophomore, when she finished second on the team with 30 hits. A 1999 graduate, she was given the Lady Friars Triumph Award.
Lyman’s versatility as an NCAA student-athlete transcended to the field hockey field, where she was a three-year letter winner at Providence. A starter all three seasons, Lyman led the Lady Friars to the championship game of the BIG EAST Tournament in 1996 and a No. 6 national ranking in that same year.
In addition to her softball duties at Austin Prep and various camps, Lyman served as assistant field hockey coach at Salem State College from 2008-09. From 2005-06, she was the assistant field hockey coach at Endicott College in Beverly, MA, where she also served as a Campus Police Officer. She continues to be a lead field hockey instructor at multiple camps and clinics throughout Massachusetts including the NIKE Elite Futures Camps in Lexington, Milton, and Beverly.
Lyman was inducted into the Bishop Fenwick High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008 for her impressive individual and team softball accomplishments at her alma mater.
After going 31-11 two seasons ago, the Gators went 21-20 and advanced to the semifinals of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Tournament in Martha Deusser's lone season at the helm. Pine Manor returns two of its five All-GNAC selections, including three-time All-GNAC First Team catcher Courtney Wallace.
Tue, October 6, 2009
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