POTSDAM – SUNY Potsdam’s softball team will be led by a new head coach this coming school year.
Nicole Yost has been named to lead the Bears, said SUNY Potsdam Athletic Director James Zalacca, and she will also serve as assistant sports information director at the college.
For the last two seasons, Yost, a Pennsylvania native, served as the assistant coach at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pa., where she participated in all aspects of the program. She was a hitting and fielding instructor, planned practices and clinics, directed all program fundraising and recruited athletes.
"We're delighted that Nicole has accepted our offer," said Zalacca. "Her experiences gained from both her playing and coaching careers truly separated her from a very strong field of candidates."
During her time with the Cougars, Misericordia saw a seven-win improvement, going from 16-22 in 2013 to 25-17 in 2014 to reach the Freedom Conference and ECAC South playoffs. Since 2011, Yost has also assisted the Silver Bullets 18-under travel team in Williamsport, Pa. and the Jersey Shore (Pa.) High School team.
Prior to her coaching career, Yost was a three-year captain and four-year starter for Mansfield University in Mansfield, Pa. As a catcher and outfielder with the Mounties, Yost ranks second in the program's career home run list (23) and third on the single-season homer list (9). She was a first team All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) selection in 2009 and 2010. She was also the Mounties Spring Athlete of the Year in 2009.
As Potsdam's ASID, Yost will assist sports information director Dan Bronson in all facets of the department's coverage of the Bears' 16 varsity programs.
Yost earned her bachelor's degree in secondary education for mathematics from Mansfield in 2011 and her master's in instructional technology from Misericordia this May.