January 16, 2020
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Husson softball coach also hired to take over field hockey program

Courtesy of Husson University athletics
Courtesy of Husson University athletics
Diann Ramsey

Diann Ramsey is expanding her coaching efforts into a second sport at Husson University in Bangor.

The 2011 Husson graduate, who last year took over as the Eagles’ softball head coach, has been hired as the school’s head field hockey coach.

She is taking over for Sabrina [Vaillancourt] Smith, who coached the team for three seasons.

Husson University Director of Athletics Frank Pergolizzi made the announcement Friday.

Ramsey, a native of Otisfield, serves as the director of compliance for the Husson athletics department.

“Not many people can coach two sports but I’m very confident Diann can,” Pergolizzi said. “She is very organized which is a skill you need to have to manage all those things.

“She also has a great personality and she knows both sports very well,” he added. “The kids [on the softball team] love her.”

Pergolizzi said he told the softball players about Ramsey adding field hockey to her coaching resume and they were pleased.

Ramsey also teaches a few classes at Husson but Pergolizzi said she won’t continue teaching.

This is not the first time Husson has utilized a head coach for two sports.

Madeline Hoeppner coached the field hockey and women’s lacrosse teams and Kate Goupee coaches the men’s and women’s cross country, indoor and outdoor track teams.

Ramsey, who for several years has served as an assistant for the Bangor High School field hockey team, inherits a team from Smith that returns nine of its top 10 scorers and starting goalie Kimmie Goddard. Goddard, a freshman, was the NECC Goalkeeper of the Year and Smith was the Coach of the Year.

Smith had 16 freshmen this fall on a Husson team that went 7-10 overall, 4-3 in the New England Collegiate Conference, and lost to New England College 2-1 in overtime in the conference quarterfinals.

Smith, who stepped down in November, guided Husson to a 25-28 overall record in three seasons. That included two conference titles (2017, 2018) and the program’s first NCAA tournament victory in 2017.

Ramsey played both softball and field hockey at Husson. She helped the softball team earn three North Atlantic Conference championships and aided the Eagles’ softball squad in two field hockey conference title runs.

In her first year as head softball coach, Ramsey led the Eagles to the NAC championship and the NCAA Division III tournament for the second year in a row. The Eagles finished 24-11.

Ramsey, a graduate of Oxford Hills High School in South Paris, earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Husson in 2011 and earned a Master’s of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Sport Psychology and Exercise Science from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2014.



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