A New England native who has achieved success playing and coaching at two of the most highly-regarded softball programs in the region is now in her second year as the head softball coach at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Amy Sasin succeeded Kelly Roy-Sale, who resigned after the 2010 season.
Sasin served as an assistant coach at Wheaton College in Norton, MA for three seasons, assisting in all phases of the program. She has also assisted at Oliver Ames High School in North Easton, MA, and coached in the Westport Youth Softball program.
At Wheaton, where she assisted Head Coach Gina Loudenburg, the Lyons went 99-30-1 during her tenure between 2002 and 2004. They were the champions of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference in each season, advancing to the NCAA Division III Championships. They won the regional championship and tied for fifth in the College World Series in 2004 after advancing to the regional semi-finals in 2002 and the regional finals in 2003.
A native of Canton, MA, where she played softball and ice hockey, Sasin went on to star at Bridgewater State. A 1999 BSU graduate, Sasin was a four-year starter for the Bears as a catcher, serving as team captain three times and twice earning All-American honors. Her team posted a record of 112-53, twice qualified for the NCAA Championships, and was the NCAA Division III Northeast Regional champion and an NCAA finalist in her senior year
Sasin also has athletic administrative experience, serving as the assistant facilities manager at Wheaton, as an assistant athletic trainer at UMass Dartmouth from 2001 until 2002, and as the head athletic trainer at Oliver Ames HS between 2000 and 2009. But softball is her passion.
"I've always loved the sport," said Sasin. "Wheaton was one of our arch-rivals when I was at Bridgewater, and the assistant trainer at Bridgewater, who was from Wheaton, introduced me to the head coach. Coaching is I always wanted to be."
UMass Dartmouth Director of Athletics Ian Day was pleased to have Sasin join the staff. "I am delighted to have Amy as our softball coach," said Day. "Her passion for the student-athlete and her desire to elevate the program to the next level were evident from our first meeting. She has a plan that I am confident she will be successful in implementing."
Sasin is pleased to come on board at UMD. "I'm ready to go, and I'm excited for the opportunity," said Sasin. "It's a good place to coach, there's a lot of local talent and I'd like to bring the local players in here and build the program. I'm definitely up for the challenge."