Record-Courier staff report
Hiram College's athletic department announced on Monday that softball head coach Kristin Tassey has resigned from her position after eight seasons.
Tassey took over the Terriers' program in 2006 and immediately transformed the program.
She helped lead the team to single-season win records on three occasions, while also guiding the Terriers to the school's only two Division III national tournament berths. She also won two North Coast Athletic Conference championships and was named the league's Coach of the Year in 2007.
Tassey became head coach at Hiram in the summer of 2006 and helped transform the softball program right from the start. During her tenure, she helped lead the Terriers to single-season win records on three occasions, the program's only two NCAA Division III National Tournament appearances, two North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament titles, five trips to the NCAC tournament and earned NCAC "Coach-of-the-Year" accolades in 2007. She coached the program's only All-American and Conference Player of the Year (twice) in standout Whitney Dropsey (Class of 2010), in addition to having six players earn All-Region honors, including two multi-time award winners, and 20 All-Conference players with several players earning All-NCAC honors on multiple occasions.
"I would like to thank Hiram College and the campus community for all that it has given to me and my family over the last eight years," said Tassey. "The relationships, experiences and people on this campus have been an integral part of my family and life, and I will carry everything that Hiram has given me as I move on to the next chapter -- doing real estate with my husband."
Hiram athletic director Ellen Dempsey spoke about Tassey's ability to raise the standards of excellence for the program.
"Kristin has been a wonderful coach, mentor and role model for our women's softball team," said Dempsey. "Kristin has firmly established Hiram College softball as a team to beat in the North Coast Athletic Conference."
In Tassey's first season, the Terriers finished 22-14, improving from a 10-27-1 mark the year prior, setting a single-season record in victories at the time (22). It marked the first winning season for the program since 1989 and Hiram also qualified for the NCAC Tournament for the first time in program history. Two seasons later, Hiram went on to claim its first-ever NCAC Tournament title behind a single-season record 27 wins and made the program's first trip to the NCAA Tournament. In 2011, the Terriers captured its second conference tournament title and made a second appearance in the national tournament, where the team advanced to the regional championship game. Hiram finished the season with its current single-season record win total of 29 victories (29-14 overall).
Tassey will leave Hiram as the program's winningest coach with 160 career victories (160-141 overall) and had four seasons with 20 or more wins.
"Her passion for the sport, enthusiasm for life, and her focus on her player's successes both on the field and in the classroom have firmly established Hiram College Softball as a regional and national competitor," said Dempsey. "Kristin has been an outstanding colleague, we thank her for all she has done and we wish her all the best as she begins a new chapter in her life."