We are extremely pleased to announce that Softball Head Coach at Eastern Connecticut State University, Diana Pepin, will be here at Play the Game in Manchester, NH on Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 9:00am-12:00pm. She will be leading a clinic in hitting and offense for Softball players ages 14 and up. This is a very special opportunity to receive instruction, observe practice planning, experience stations geared towards offensive development, and get a glimpse into the experienced mind of a 5-time Little East Conference Coach of the Year Award winner. I am not kidding when I tell you that spaces are limited, if available at all. The clinic is just $40 and I am sure this will be an experience not to be soon forgotten. Please feel free to contact Jim Cardello to see if there are any available spaces remaining in the first of our College Coaches Clinics.
We don’t have to sell her performance as a coach, instructor, and developer of softball talent; her record does that for her. Read on to see her Bio page on the ECSU Athletics page.
The most successful head coach in the 37-year history of the program, Diana Pepin has restored the luster to the Eastern Connecticut State University fast-pitch softball program.
Now in her 13th season, Pepin led the program to five consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament between 2008 and 2012 and to regional championships and national tournament appearances in 2010 and ’11.
By averaging just under 40 wins from 2010 through 2012, Pepin has pushed her current overall winning percentage as head coach to 64.6, which ranks second all-time among Eastern softball head coaches.
Pepin has coached (487) and won (314) more games than any of the previous six coaches in program history, moving to the top in games coached in the national tournament opener on May 20, 2011 against Christopher Newport and becoming the program’s winningest head coach with her 285th victory in a 6-0 home triumph over Ithaca College in the fourth round of the 2012 NCAA regional tournament. In 2013, Pepin was selected Little East Conference Coach-of-the-Year for the second straight season (she shared the honor in 2012) and for the fifth time in eight years after directing the Warriors to their fourth straight conference regular-season title (Eastern has finished with a share of the title five times in the last six years) and the top seed in the LEC tournament for the fourth straight time.
Beginning with her first Coach-of-the-Year award in 2006, Pepin is 92-20 in LEC regular-season play (82.1 percent) and averages 11.5 wins per game (out of a possible 14.0).
In 2012, Pepin became the first coach in program history to be recognized as ECAC New England Division III Coach-of-the-Year after leading the Warriors to an historic season of 44 wins in 47 contests which included a 36-1 regular-season mark and record 40-game win streak which extended through the opening round of the regional tournament. She was also voted as LEC Coach-of-the-Year for the third time in five years and fourth time overall since 2006.
In 2011, Pepin became the first coach in 19 years to direct the Warriors to consecutive 30-win seasons. The 2010 team matched the program season (broken in 2012) record of 39 victories, and followed with 35 in 2011. The consecutive trips to the national tournament were also the program’s first in 19 years. In 2011, Pepin and her coaching staff were recognized as regional Coaching Staff-of-the-Year for the second time in three seasons by the National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association (NFCA).
Pepin led the program to a breakthrough season in 2008, the Warriors posting their highest win total in 14 years and returning to the NCAA Division III tournament for the first time during her tenure. They followed that up in 2009 by earning a second straight at-large bid to the NCAA tournament — the first time since 1994 that the club experienced consecutive NCAA berths.
In 2010, the Warriors re-gained a piece of their glorious past by winning their 12th NCAA regional title and chalking up a third-place finish in the NCAA Division III national tournament at Eau Claire, WI. Additional achievements in 2010 included a first-ever Little East Conference tournament title, and a No. 1 ranking in New England throughout the majority of the season. Pepin was also singled out as LEC Coach-of-the-Year for the third time in the last five years.
Pepin has directed her alma mater to eight consecutive 20-win seasons — nine in the last ten years — and at least a share of the LEC regular-season title five times in the last six years — including outright regular-season titles from 2010 through 2012 — and a regular-season finish of second or better six times since 2006. In 2012, the Warriors followed up two straight 13-1 LEC regular-season showings with a perfect 14-0 ledger — the first season of conference perfection by any team through the first 18 years of LEC play.
Pepin is a 1992 graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University and a former four-year letterwinner in the softball program, which is the most successful intercollegiate fastpitch softball program in New England history.
In 2008, Pepin was named Little East Conference Coach-of-the-Year for the second time in three seasons after leading the Warriors to a share of their first LEC regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. Picked to finish fourth in the LEC pre-season coaches’poll in 2009, Eastern won a program-record 12 of 14 regular-season LEC games and swept defending conference and regional champion Rhode Island College on the final day of the regular season to earn a piece of the regular-season title.
Named on an at-large basis to their 15th NCAA tournament in 2008 – but first since 1998 – the Warriors proved their worth by posting two straight one-run wins after an opening loss in the New York Regional Tournament, one of which eliminated top-seeded and No. 5 nationally-ranked Montclair State University.
Pepin was named the program’s head coach in the spring of 2001 and in only her second full season, returned the Warriors to post-season play when they were named to the ECAC New England Division III tournament.
In 2006, the Willimantic native was named LEC Coach-of-the-Year for the first time. That season, the Warriors shared the Little East Conference lead in regular-season wins (11) and earned the No. 2 LEC tournament seed despite being picked for fourth in the coaches’ pre-season poll.
Pepin was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter as an infielder in the softball program between 1988 and 1991, helping the Warriors to four regional championships, the championship round of three national tournaments, and the 1990 NCAA Division III national championship.
“I had a tremendous experience as a student and a player at Eastern,” states Pepin, “and I want the new generation of players to have the same opportunity that I was afforded. Eastern is a great place for student-athletes to grow and make the most of their college experience.”
Pepin directs a series of fundamental, hitting and pitching clinics each February and March. In the summer of 2008, she served as hitting coach for the Lowell, MA-based New England Riptide in National Pro Fastpitch. In recent years, she has presented at the Mohegan Sun World Softball Coaches’ Convention along with Olympic Gold medalists Cat Osterman and Jennie Finch and former UCLA head coach Sue Enquist.
In addition to holding a B.A. Degree in Sociology, Pepin holds a B.S. in Physical Education from Eastern and an. M.S. Degree in Physical Education from Central Connecticut State University.