Date Posted:09/09/2002, 8:00AM
BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin College has announced that Jen Burton has been named head softball coach. Burton will be the seventh head coach in the 21-year history of the Polar Bear softball program. Former head coach Dawn Strout retains her duties as head of the strength and conditioning program at Bowdoin, as well as an assistant on the field hockey squad. The Polar Bears have established themselves as one of the top teams in the region, winning at least 19 games in each of the past four years, including a school-record 25 games in 2002.
A native of Winslow, Maine, Burton graduated from Winslow High School in 1995 where she was the Team MVP on a team that qualified for the State Finals. A member of the 1993 State Championship team, Burton attended the University of Maine at Orono, where she played softball all four years. The 1996 Team Rookie of the Year, in 1997 she was named Team MVP and to the All-America East Conference team. Burton also excelled in the classroom, as she was named the Conference Academic Honor Roll in each of her four seasons. In 1999, she was honored as an Academic All-American for District I.
Burton has worked at numerous camps in the region and coached an 18-and-under squad from 1996-2000. From 2000-01, she coached at Nokomis High School before taking a job at Bowdoin's Children Center and as the Polar Bear Pitching coach in 2001.