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Sue Everden
Head Coach Sue Everden

Head Coach Sue Everden has headed up the Amherst College softball staff since 1999, after taking the reins from Don Faulstick. During her tenure as head coach, Everden has racked up a 64-29-1 record en route to a trio of consecutive postseason appearances and was twice named NESCAC Coach of the Year. Since her commitment to the softball program began as an assistant coach, Everden has recorded a 142-63-1 record and has taken the Jeffs to the postseason five consecutive times. A native of North Olmsted, Ohio (17 miles west of Cleveland), Everden describes herself as the No. 1 fan of the Cleveland Indians. After graduating from Slippery Rock University (PA), she studied at the graduate level at Springfield College and has since put 24 years of collegiate coaching experience under her belt, including stays at Springfield, Clarkson University (NY), the United States Coast Guard Academy and her ongoing 16-year residence at Amherst. In addition to her duties on the softball field, Everden has proven successful as head coach of the women's volleyball team. She has racked up a 357-158 career record on the volleyball court, and has become a fixture in the postseason with 13 appearances in the last 16 years, including three consecutive NCAA Tournament berths (1998-2000) and two consecutive NESCAC Championships (1999 & 2000). She is a two-time NESCAC Volleyball Coach of the Year and a two-time New England Regional Coach of the Year. When asked about her reasons for coaching, Everden quoted John Wooden. "They ask me why I coach, and I reply, Where could I find more splendid company?" Everden explains, "I hope that I have helped to minimize [my athletes'] disappointments and maximize their happiness. But more than anything I hope that I've been a teacher and helped them realize what being a good citizen really means and how valuable and important it is to be a genuinely good and caring human being." Everden also serves as the Assistant Athletic Director for the College.

Gary VanCauwenberge
Asst. Coach
Gary VanCauwenberge

Assistant Coach Gary VanCauwenberge, when asked why he chooses to coach, replied, "I think everyone has an activity or two that gives him or her their greatest enjoyment." He continued, "It's a time when they are so immersed in the experience that they no longer feel in control of themselves, but rather the self is in control of them. There is a sense of fulfillment in watching an athlete perform in this zone." A native of Richfield Springs, NY, VanCauwenberge was a member of both the varsity baseball and men's club volleyball teams at Ohio Wesleyan University before graduating in 2000 with a degree in health and physical education, concentrating in teacher certification. He then enrolled in the exercise and sport studies graduate program at Smith College with an expected completion date of May 2002. As part of his graduate education, VanCauwenberge took on assistant coaching duties for both the volleyball and softball programs at Amherst. Under his tutelage, the volleyball program turned heads during the 2000 campaign, pounding its way to a 27-5 record and a berth in the NCAA Regional Tournament, before following suit with a 24-7 overall record in 2001. He experienced similar success in his inaugural campaign with the softball team, helping lead the 2001 Jeffs to a 19-12 overall mark.

Gretchen Bowe '01
Asst. Coach
Gretchen Bowe '01

A native of Hampstead, NH and a 2001 Amherst graduate, Gretchen Bowe joins head coach Sue Everden's staff after an outstanding two-sport playing career in women's ice hockey and field hockey. As a senior on the women's hockey team, Bowe finished as the Jeffs' second all-time leading scorer with 76 goals, 84 assists and 160 points and was the team's third leading scorer in 2001 despite missing six games with knee and wrist injuries. She was also the NESCAC Player of the Year and a First-Team All-American in field hockey, captaining the Jeffs to a 14-3 overall record and a berth in the first-ever NESCAC Postseason Championship Tournament in her final season. Upon graduating, Bowe was awarded the College's prestigious Hitchcock Fellowship and works as an assistant coach for the field hockey and women's ice hockey teams in addition to her time on the softball diamond.

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