Courtesy of Hamilton Sports Information
CLINTON, N.Y. - Kate Refsnyder has been named head softball coach at Hamilton College after spending the last four years as the top assistant at Brown University.
Refsnyder will be taking over a program for the second time in her coaching career. She was the head coach at Albright College in Reading, Pa., in 2009 and 2013. She has also been an assistant at Coastal Carolina University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and East Stroudsburg University. In 2007 she served as head coach at Archbishop John Carroll High School in suburban Philadelphia.
"I am honored and ecstatic to be the next head softball coach at Hamilton," Refsnyder said. "I want to thank (Director of Athletics) Jon Hind for this opportunity. Hamilton provides an incredible academic experience and is committed to succeeding in the ultracompetitive NESCAC. Throughout this whole process I could sense the passion, support and enthusiasm within all areas of the athletic department. This is a very exciting time to be joining the Hamilton community. I can't wait to get started!"
Refsnyder helped oversee a Brown program that improved its win total from four in 2014 to 18 in 2016. The Bears improved their batting average more than 80 points to .295 from her first year to her third year with the team, and they lowered their earned run average by almost two runs per game to 3.21. From 2016 to 2017, the team increased its slugging percentage from .395 to .425 and more than doubled its home run total from 13 to 32. She coached 14 all-Ivy League team selections.
"We are excited to have Kate join our Hamilton team," Director of Athletics Jon Hind '80 said. "She brings with her a wealth of experience from a variety of intercollegiate programs. Her time most recently at Brown University has her well positioned to work with our student athletes as they strive to excel both in the classroom and on the field."
The native of Prospect Park, Pa., coached four all-conference players at Albright in 2013. The Lions hit 25 points higher than they did in 2012 with a .289 batting average under Refsnyder. The team also tripled its home run total from six to 18 and increased its stolen bases from 17 to 45.
In 2012 Refsnyder helped Coastal Carolina to a 44-20 overall record, including 13-8 in the Big South Conference, in her third year with the program. The Chanticleers went on to capture their first Big South Tournament title since 2006 and advanced to the NCAA Division I regional in Athens, Georgia. Coastal Carolina led the conference in ERA, fielding percentage and home runs. She coached a first-year pitcher who collected all-conference first team honors.
Refsnyder was on the Indiana (Pa.) staff in 2008 when the Crimson Hawks went 12-8 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) and played in the PSAC Tournament. In 2006 she was a graduate assistant coach at East Stroudsburg as the Warriors made their first NCAA Division II regional appearance.
Refsnyder was a four-year varsity letter winner at Wagner College where she helped lead the Seahawks to a 30-18 record as a senior in 2005. She hit .303 in 40 games and posted a 2.25 ERA in 77.2 innings pitched that year. The team also set a then-program record with 14 Northeast Conference wins.
Refsnyder received her bachelor's degree in business administration from Wagner before she went on to earn her master's in sport management at East Stroudsburg.