||Head Coach Sue Everden has headed up the Amherst College softball staff since 1999, racking up a 93-58-1 record (entering 2004), earning four consecutive postseason appearances and a pair of NESCAC Coach of the Year awards. A native of North Olmsted, Ohio, Everden graduated from Slippery Rock University, studied at the graduate level at Springfield College and has since put 26 years of collegiate coaching experience under her belt, including stays at Springfield, Clarkson University, Coast Guard and her ongoing 17-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 with 15 postseason appearances, 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. Everden also serves as an Assistant Athletic Director for the College.
Sue Everden's Career Coaching Record
Lynn Hersey enters her second season as softball assistant coach and recruiting coordinator in addition to her duties as an assistant for the women's basketball and volleyball teams. As a college basketball player, she was a four-year starting point guard at Plymouth State, 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 ECAC, helping oversee championships, marketing and broadcast services. She then earned a master's degree in sport management at nearby UMass Amherst and, this past season, lent her expertise as a marketing consultant to the Springfield Spirit of the National Women's Basketball League.
Steve Zieja, a 2003 Amherst graduate, joins the softball staff as the recipient of the school's prestigious Hitchcock Fellowship for athletic excellence and leadership. The Hadley, Mass. native was a standout basketball player and two-year captain at Amherst, leading the Jeffs to a school-record 87 wins, back-to-back NESCAC Championships and four straight NCAA Tournament berths, and graduating as the college’s all-time leading scorer with 1,708 career points. He earned countless postseason awards as a senior, including NESCAC Player of the Year, ECAC Player of the Year, Northeast Region Player of the Year, New England College Player of the Year and NABC First-Team All-America honors. Zieja also serves as an assistant with both the men's soccer and basketball teams.