FAIRFIELD, Conn.- Sacred Heart University softball coach Pam London announced today the hiring of Betsy Harvey to serve as a full-time softball Assistant Coach effective immediately. Harvey joins a coaching staff with former Sacred Heart softball teammate, Jen Russell.
"We are very excited to officially announce that Betsy will be joining our staff as our full-time assistant coach," said London. "Betsy served as our volunteer coach last year and was instrumental in helping us reach the 30-win plateau. As a former player, Betsy was part of our first NEC Championship Team and played in the NCAA Tournament. She brings with her a passion and dedication for not only our sport but specifically our program here at SHU."
The former SHU alumni will be tasked with assisting the Head Coach in the organization, planning, and coaching of all practices and games, committing to skill instruction and student-athlete development both on and off the field, as well as providing specific instruction of both offense and defense.
Prior to returning to SHU in the fall of 2017, Harvey was the Varsity Head Coach at Farmington High School (Farmington, CT) from 2010-2017 as well as the head coach of the CT Eliminators 16U and 18U Gold teams from 2011-2014.
As a player, Harvey began her career as a Pioneer in the fall of 2005. She became a four-year starter at second base from 2006 to 2009. She led the team in hitting her freshman year with a .294 batting average. In 2009 she was named as the Co-Captain of the Pioneers and helped the team earn their first Northeast Conference Championship at the Division 1 level and was named the to the NEC All-Tournament Team. The team clinched the University's first ever win in an NCAA Division 1 Regional tournament as they team defeated Cornell by a final score of 3-1.
Before playing at Sacred Heart, she was a four-year varsity starter at Farmington High School and served as a Co-Captain in her junior and senior years. She was named twice to All-Northwest Conference and All-New Britain Herald teams as a junior and senior in high school as well.
"I feel extremely lucky and excited to be able to coach alongside my former coach and longtime mentor, at the university where I played my college career. I am in the unique position to be able to rejoin the program, and be able to help the current team, and future teams here at SHU, to continue on in building the values and winning tradition that Bippy and Pam have created." Harvey taking on the role as a full-time assistant coach.