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Sue Everden
Head Coach Sue Everden

Lynn Hersey
Asst. Coach Lynn Hersey

Luke Flockerzi
Asst. Coach Luke Flockerzi

    Head Coach Sue Everden has headed up the Amherst College softball staff since 1999, after taking the reins from current football offensive coordinator Don Faulstick. During her tenure as head coach, Everden has racked up a 81-43-1 record en route to four 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 159-77-1 record and has taken the Jeffs to the postseason six 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 25 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 378-165 career record on the volleyball court, and has become a fixture in the postseason with 14 appearances in the last 17 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 an Assistant Athletic Director for the College.

Lynn Hersey enters her first season as a softball assistant in addition to her primary duties as an assistant coach on the women's basketball team. As a college basketball player, she was a four-year starting point guard at Plymouth State College, earning team Rookie of the Year honors as a freshman and the college's Female Athlete of the Year award as a senior captain. Upon graduating in 2000 with a degree in sports medicine, the Dexter, Maine native began her professional career working for the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference, helping oversee championships, marketing and broadcast services. While coaching at Amherst, Hersey is working toward a master's degree in sports management at nearby UMass-Amherst.

Luke Flockerzi, who also works as an assistant coach for the men's basketball team, enters his second season at Amherst and first as a softball assistant after earning a master's degree in sports management at nearby UMass-Amherst. He was a standout men's basketball player and two-year captain at Division III power Grinnell (IA) College, where he graduated with a degree in psychology and helped lead the high-scoring Pioneers to the Midwest Conference Championship in 2001. During his time on the hardwood, Grinnell shattered a number of NCAA scoring records, including single-season scoring-average (118.2 points per game in 2000-01) and most games with 100 or more points (20 - also in 2000-01), and the 5-foot-9 Flockerzi led the team in offensive rebounding for three consecutive seasons. He showed a wealth of initiative on and off the basketball court as an undergrad, serving as Grinnell's director of intramural sports from 1999 to 2001 and gaining election as president of the college's student-athlete advisory and student evaluation policy committees. Originally from Salt Lake City, Flockerzi carries extensive experience coaching basketball, baseball, tennis and golf for Nike Sports Camps and aspires to be a Division III athletic director.

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