Date Posted:08/28/2003, 11:00AM
BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin College Director of Athletics Jeff Ward announced today that Ryan Sullivan and Katie Sheridan have been named co-head coaches of the softball program. Former coach Jen Burton resigned, taking a post at her alma mater, the University of Maine. The Polar Bears have established themselves as one of the best teams in New England, qualifying for the NESCAC Tournament in two of the last three seasons.
Sullivan is currently an assistant coach for Bowdoin's football team, where he is primarily responsible for the offensive line. A native of Hubbarstown, Massachusetts, Sullivan is a graduate of Middlebury College. He has an extensive background in coaching, having been on the staffs at Middlebury and Georgetown University as well as a high school coach at Quabbin Regional and Weston High in Massachusetts.
Sheridan is one of the most decorated players in Bowdoin softball history, having been an All-NESCAC selection her senior year as catcher. In 2002, the Marblehead, Massachusetts native batted .358 with 39 hits, ranking fourth all-time in a single-season at Bowdoin. She is also fourth on Bowdoin's career hit list with 98 and in career runs scored with 61. Sheridan served as a softball and soccer assistant coach last season at Bowdoin and captained both squads in her senior year. She was awarded the Lucy Shulman Award for the Outstanding Female Athlete at Bowdoin in 2002.
"Katie and Ryan combine to bring outstanding leadership to our softball program," says Ward. "Katie was one of the finest athletes in Bowdoin history and Ryan is an outstanding young coach with a great eye for technique. The team will be in great hands."