Play the Game (Manchester, NH) is pleased to announce the lineup for the third clinic in our College Coaches Clinic series. We will have Head Coach Kathryn Gleason and Assistant Coach Meghan Darhower from Boston University here at our facility to put on a fast pitch Softball clinic focused on developing players on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball for players age 14 and up. The clinic will be held at our indoor facility located at 8051 South Willow Street, Manchester, NH 030103, on Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 9:00am – 12:00pm. The clinic is just $40 per player; and space is limited. I have heard that there might be a few spots still available, please email Jim Cardello to see if there’s a space available for this clinic.
Folks, check this out! These people are making positive changes in programs near you! Coach Gleason led BU to the NCAA Tournament last year and this local program played the likes of South Carolina, Louisville, #11 Arizona, and #23 LSU along the way.
Kathryn Gleason, a 17-year coaching veteran with a combined four appearances in the Women’s College World Series as a player and assistant, returns for her third season as the
head coach of the Boston University softball team after leading the Terriers to the 2014 Patriot League title.
This past year, the Terriers went 36-21 and made their second NCAA appearance in three seasons. BU struggled early on trying to find its identity with eight newcomers but eventually pulled it all together entering the month of April. The squad won 13 games straight and went a perfect 3-0 in the conference tournament.
The momentum carried over to the NCAAs in which BU overcame a hard-fought 9-6 loss to then-No. 11 Arizona with a dominating 8-3 victory over American Athletic Conference champion Louisville. The Terriers were the only fourth-seeded squad in the postseason tournament to earn a win and were one out away from adding a second against then-No. 23 LSU. The win over the Cardinals also marked the first NCAA victory by a Patriot League member since 2009.
Highlighted by Brittany Younan’s PL Rookie of the Year Award, six Terriers earned All-Conference accolades with Jayme Mask also receiving NFCA All-Region First Team honors. They helped BU set a school record for batting average (.308), hits (476), doubles (88) and stolen bases (105). Individually, Brittany Clendenny set a school record for RBIs in a season with 53 (2nd most in PL history), while Mask concluded her career first or tied-for-first all-time at BU in runs scored, stolen bases and hits.
Another memorable moment of the season was three-time PL Pitcher of the Week Melanie Russell pitching BU’s 22nd no-hitter and eighth perfect game in program history. Her performance against Bucknell proved to be the fourth perfect game in PL history to go all seven innings.
In Gleason’s first season, the Terriers faced multiple injuries, including the loss of the 2012 America East Pitcher of the Year, but still went 21-26-1. Highlights included wins over two 2013 NCAA tournament participants, Southern Conference champion Georgia Southern and Big Sky champion Portland State. BU also claimed a two-game sweep over ACC member Boston College.
A total of five Terriers earned All-Conference honors with Jayme Mask being named 2013 America East Player of the Year. Under Gleason, the outfielder increased her hitting average by 32 points to a league-high .399 and also tied a school record with 37 stolen bases, topping her previous high by 12. Mask also earned ECAC Division I All-Star and NFCA All-Northeast Region First Team accolades.
Accepting her first head coaching position at BU, Gleason was already quite familiar with the Terriers, having spent a combined six seasons at the University of Massachusetts, including the last two as associate head coach. Working primarily with the Minutewomen’s infielders, she helped lead the team to the 2012 Atlantic 10 Championship and a 38-13 overall record after finishing 29-19 in 2011.
Gleason previously served as an assistant coach with the Minutewomen from 1996-2000, helping lead the team to two Women’s College World Series appearances. Before rejoining UMass in 2010, she coached for six years at Michigan State, serving the last five years as associate head coach. She primarily worked with the infield, coaching six All-Big Ten and four All-Region honorees, along with guiding the Spartans to four straight Big Ten Tournament berths. She served as the program’s recruiting coordinator and assistant director of all camps and clinics. Gleason was also the Spartans’ liaison for the Friends of Jaclyn program.
Joining the Spartans’ staff in June of 2004, Gleason moved to State following a three-year stint as an assistant coach at Purdue University (2001-2004) and four years as an assistant coach at UMass (1996-2000).
While working with the Boilermakers, Gleason assisted with team academics, equipment, promotions, tournaments, facilities, recruiting and strength & conditioning. On game days, she supervised and directed the outfield and assisted with the offense. Additionally, she worked with Purdue’s softball camps and clinics.
During her first stint at UMass, Gleason helped lead the Minutewomen to four Atlantic 10 regular season conference titles and four A-10 Championships. They made four appearances in the NCAAs, including winning the 1997 and 1998 NCAA Regional Championships, as well as advancing to the Women’s College World Series both years.
Gleason earned her bachelor’s degree in sport management and communications from the University of Michigan in 1996. She was a member of the 1993, `95 and `96 Big Ten regular season championship teams, the `95 and `96 Big Ten Tournament Championship teams, and played in the `95 and `96 Women’s College World Series while serving as co-captain of the `96 team.
Holding a master’s degree in sport management from UMass, Gleason is heavily involved with the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), currently serving as first vice president after previously working as the second vice president and assistant coach representative for the association.
A native of Country Club Hills, Ill., she was inducted into the Marian Catholic High School Hall of Fame as “Athlete of the Year” in the 2002 induction class. Gleason was also inducted into the East Suburban Catholic Conference High School Hall of Fame in March 2008.
Joining Coach Gleason will be recently hired Meghan Darhower. Come check out this newly formed coaching combination before the rest of the country sees them next spring.
Meghan Darhower, a four-year starting infielder at Michigan State with seven years of coaching experience, joins head coach Kathryn Gleason’s staff as an assistant coach for the 2014-15 season.
A native of Niceville, Fla., Darhower spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of West Alabama. During her tenure there, she
helped guide the program to three NCAA DII Regional berths and its first-ever super regional appearance in 2011. She also coached UWA’s first-ever NFCA All-American First Team honoree this past year.
“I am very excited to welcome Meghan to the BU Softball family,” said Gleason at the time of the hire. “I have known Meghan as a player, coaching her three years at Michigan State, and I have seen her evolve in our coaching profession the last seven years. She has a passion for the game and is constantly challenging herself to learn and work with some of the best in our game at various camps and clinics. She will provide us with a lot of energy, enthusiasm and an incredible work ethic. I know she is ready to begin and get out onto the field with this team.”
Focusing on hitting at UWA, Darhower watched as the team broke school records in hits, doubles, walks and batting average. In total, eight Tigers earned All-Region honors and 15 were tabbed NFCA Academic All-Americans.
In her two seasons at Northwest Florida State College (2008-10), she served as the infield and hitting coach and helped guide the Raiders to the conference championship in 2009. A member of the 2009 Conference “Coaching Staff of the Year”, she coached three All-Americans, six All-Region players and six All-American Scholar Athletes.
The Michigan State grad received her Bachelor of Science in kinesiology in 2008 and later earned a Masters of Science from West Alabama in continuing education with a focus on college student development and counseling. Darhower started 196 games for the Spartans at shortstop or third base. While at MSU, she helped lead the team to its first Big 10 title in 2004 and etched her name in the record books with three doubles in a game.