Sawyer takes position as WSU’s new softball coach

Lindsay Sawyer

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WESTFIELD — Westfield State University (WSU) announced the hiring of Lindsay Sawyer as its new head softball coach on July 25.

Sawyer — a standout three-sport athlete at East Longmeadow High School and a star softball player at Division I Hofstra University — had been the head softball coach at The Sage Colleges in Troy, N.Y., for the past four seasons. Under Sawyer’s guidance, the Gators boasted 29 Skyline Conference Scholar-Athlete honorees, including a program-best 11 in 2011, 16 National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America Scholar-Athlete citations, one Skyline Conference first-team and four second-team all-conference selections, as well as two All-Region honorees.

Prior to her four-year stint at Sage, Sawyer was a member of the coaching staffs at both C.W. Post and the University of Rhode Island. C.W. Post won conference championships during her two years there and was ranked as a NCAA Division II top 25 team in 2002.

A 2001 Hofstra University graduate, Sawyer earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. A four-year starter at shortstop, she helped lead her team to America East Conference championships all four years. Sawyer was named to the America East All-Tournament Team in 1999, 2000 and 2001 and was a four-time All-Academic Team selection.

Sawyer was inducted into East Longmeadow High School’s inaugural Hall of Fame Class in November of 2010. She was a softball high school All-America selection during her senior season in 1997 and was selected to the All-State team her senior year in both softball and soccer, where she was a four-year starter at goalie. She was an All-Western Massachusetts first-teamer in basketball, soccer and softball. Sawyer posted a high school career batting average of .504 with 17 home runs.

“Being a Western Massachusetts native, I’m thrilled to be joining the Westfield State athletics department,” Sawyer said. “Not only do I look forward to starting a career close to home but I’m thrilled to be a part of the university and a softball program that has proven itself on the field and in the classroom. I hope to build upon those successes immediately.”

Westfield State has posted five straight 20-win seasons and has claimed a share of the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season championship in each of the past three seasons.

“I am pleased to welcome Lindsay as a member of our coaching staff,” WSU Athletics Director Dick Lenfest, said. “Lindsay’s experience and success as a former Division I student-athlete, coupled with her energy and enthusiasm, will be an asset to our department and softball program. I look forward to her leadership and the continued success and development of Westfield State University softball.”

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