YORK, PA – York College Assistant Dean for Athletics and Recreation Sean Sullivan has announced that Nicki Starry has been selected as the Spartans’ new full-time softball coach. Starry served as an interim head coach during the 2010 after taking over for the departed Jennifer Patrick-Swift.
Starry made an immediate impact on the Spartan program in 2010 as she led the Spartans to a school-record 36 victories as the Green and White narrowly missed earning an at-large trip to the NCAA Tournament.
“Nicki was clearly the best candidate to lead the young women in our program,” stated Sullivan. “Her work with the team last season was impressive and I felt she is the perfect person to get this program to the top of the Capital Athletic Conference and make multiple trips to the NCAA Tournament. We are thrilled to have her in the fold and running the program.”
Starry was responsible for a record eight Spartans earning All-Capital Athletic Conference honors including freshman Hannah Hugel (Paoli, Pa./Conestoga) being named the CAC Rookie-of-the-Year. York also had three players earn 2010 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Atlantic region accolades as Heather Bormann (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial), Brittany Therres (Hughesville, Md./Thomas Stone), and Kelly Smith (Riverdale, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) were picked to the teams. The Spartans’ 36 wins shattered the previous record of 32 as York established 10 new school records including wins, hits, batting average, doubles, total bases, slugging percentage, sacrifice hits, stolen bases, stolen base attempts, and fielding percentage.
Starry is pleased to get the chance to build on a fantastic 2010 season.
“I am very thankful to Sean and the College administration for the faith they have shown in my abilities as a coach to build a nationally competitive program,” says Starry. “I really enjoyed my time in York last year and I look forward to continuing to build a program that will represent York College in a way that can make the entire College community proud. We have a great core of players coming back and am very optimistic about the product we will put on the field in 2011 and beyond.”
Sullivan believes the program is in great hands.
“Nicki displayed very good leadership in dealing with the transition last winter. Her ability to connect with her players and get the maximum of their abilities speaks to her skills as a coach and mentor for our softball student-athletes,” states Sullivan.
Starry was an accomplished Division I player at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has recently been guiding a number of successful youth programs in San Diego, California.
A catcher in college, Starry has an in-depth understanding of all aspects of collegiate softball. She earned NFCA All-Mideast Region accolades in 2001 as two of her Badger teams earned trips to the Division I NCAA Tournament. Two of her Wisconsin teams attained top 25 rankings as they compiled 98 wins over the course of Starry’s three-year Badger career. She was a double-major at Wisconsin as she earned degrees in Child and Family Studies and Consumer Communications.
Starry has recently served as the President and former head coach of San Diego’s Academy Travel Softball Club. The position allowed her extensive coaching experience as well as a high level of administrative responsibilities with the program. As coach, Starry led a number of teams to top five finishes at ASA national tournaments in addition to impressive regional tournament finishes.
Starry also has guided two other successful club programs in the San Diego Rowdies Travel Club and the San Diego Breakers Travel Club. She has also coached in a pair of successful high school programs at Rancho Bernardo HS (San Diego, CA) and Sun Praire HS (Sun Prairie, WI).
Starry will need to replace four departing seniors including Bormann but Therres, Smith and Hugel headline a talented core group of players returning to the program in 2011.