Westfield State

WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Westfield State (Mass.) announces the hiring of Lindsay Sawyer as its new head softball coach.

Sawyer – a standout three-sport athlete at East Longmeadow (Mass.) 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 NFCA 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 an 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 Mass. first-teamer in basketball, soccer and softball. Sawyer posted a high school career batting average of .504 with 17 home runs.

"Being a Western Mass. native, I'm thrilled to be joining the Westfield State athletics department,” said Sawyer. “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 consecutive 20-win seasons and has claimed a share of the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) regular season championship in each of the past three seasons.

“I am pleased to welcome Lindsay as a member of our coaching staff,” said Westfield State athletics director Dick Lenfest. “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."