Kate Brownell enters her second season as a member of the Amherst College softball coaching staff after being promoted to the head assistant position in the summer of 2016. Brownell also serves as the Athletic Communications Associate.
Brownell, a 2015 graduate of SUNY Buffalo, brings a tremendous work ethic, and experience - both coaching and playing - to her position at Amherst.
In 2016, Brownell helped Amherst stake a 24-12 overall record and a 7-5 mark in NESCAC action as the Purple & White advanced to their first conference tournament since the 2012 season. Brownell helped three players garner All-NESCAC honors, including the league’s first-ever rookie to be named the conference defensive player of the year.
Since July 2015, Brownell has served as a private hitting, fielding and speed instructor, and was a Nike Softball Camp Instructor the past two summers. Brownell helped instruct groups aged 9-18 on various aspects of the game, and was the lead instructor for the catching groups.
As a player, Brownell was a four-time SUNYAC All-Academic Team honoree (2012-15), and was named to the SUNYAC Commissioner's List in 2013 and 2014. She was also a First Team All-SUNYAC selection in 2014, and garnered ECAC First Team All-Northeast Region laurels that year.
As a youth, she was the only girl playing in the Oakfield Boys Little League where she became the first person ever, (and still is), to pitch a "perfect" perfect game, striking out all 18 batters. As a result, the game attracted national media attention and she was subsequently inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.; inducted into the Little League Hall of Fame in Williamsport, Pa.; earned the US Senate Liberty Award; named CosmoGirl's Top 10 Born to Lead, and was featured in magazines including Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, ESN, The Guinness Book of World Records, and Ripley’s Believe It or Not. She was also the subject of stories on ESPN2 Cold Pizza, Good Morning America, Fox News, World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, and World News Tonight with Brian Williams (2005).