MANCHESTER, N.H. – Saint Anselm College Director of Athletics Jim Herlihy announced Tuesday afternoon that he has removed the interim tag and promoted Jillian Gagnon to head coach of the softball program, effective immediately.
"In a very short time, Jill has demonstrated the ability to be a positive influence and confident leader for the softball program," Herlihy said. "We have no doubt that she will continue to build a successful program that can compete for Northeast-10 championships."
Gagnon, who served as an assistant coach during the 2013 campaign, took over the program on an interim basis prior to the start of this season and guided the squad to a 27-14 overall record, including a 15-6 mark in the Northeast-10 Northeast Division that earned the Hawks a share of the Regular Season Championship. Gagnon then steered the team to an appearance in the Northeast-10 Championship semifinals before bowing out with a loss to runner-up and eventual NCAA Tournament team the University of New Haven. The 27 victories are the most for the program since the 2002 season.
Three players – seniors Nicole Boucher (Woonsocket, R.I.) and Monique Gauthier (Canton, Conn.) and junior Tayla Trask (Lincoln, Maine) – earned Northeast-10 All-Conference Second Team honors on Gagnon's watch, while Trask was selected as a Daktronics East All-Region Second Teamer.
"I would like to thank Jim Herlihy for this wonderful opportunity," Gagnon said. "I am extremely excited to extend my time at Saint Anselm and build upon the great success we had this season to continue our pursuit of a Northeast-10 Championship."