AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College Athletics Department and the Mammoths' softball program are happy to announce Mairin Dudek as an assistant coach for the team.
A 2002 graduate of Ithaca College with a bachelor's degree in Sport Management, Dudek arrives at Amherst after serving as the head coach at American International College (AIC) for seven years.
"We are beyond thrilled to welcome Mairin to the ACSB family!" said head coach Jessica Johnson. "Mairin brings an unprecedented breadth of coaching experience from all three NCAA Divisions and had a historical run as a collegiate player as well which will resonate with our players and alumni base."
Before her tenure at AIC, Dudek was an assistant coach at NCAA Division I University of Albany for five seasons. She, and the rest of the Great Danes' staff, was honored by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) as the NCAA Division I Northeast Region Coaching Staff of the Year in 2011.
Dudek began her coaching career as the head coach at Wheelock College (Boston, Mass.) in 2005 before being named Assistant Director of Athletics and head softball coach at Fisher College.
Prior to coaching, Dudek was a standout at the NCAA Division III level. Competing for Ithaca, she was a four-year letter winner and two-year captain, helping lead the Bombers to four consecutive appearances in the College World Series and the 2002 national championship.
In the 2002 national title game, Dudek tallied the game-winning hit for Ithaca and was named to the Northeast Regional All-Tournament team for consecutive seasons ('01, '02).
Continuing her education, Dudek obtained her MBA from AIC in 2014.
"She will be a tremendous asset in every area of the game for us and we're extremely fortunate to have her!" Johnson finished.