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Welcome New ERAU Softball Head Coach

Nicole Hennessey has been named the new head coach of Embry-Riddle softball. Hennessey comes over from NCAA Division I Furman, where she was an assistant coach for the 2021 season.

Embry-Riddle has hired Nicole Hennessey to be the head coach of the softball program. Hennessey will lead the defending Cal Pac Champions into a new era, where the Eagles will look to build off the success of last season.

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“I could not be happier to have Nicole become the next leader of our softball program,” Athletics Director Phil Hess said. “It was clear from our first contact with her that she has both a passion for softball and a passion for what we do at Embry-Riddle. I look forward to seeing our softball program grow even further under Nicole’s leadership.”

Hennessey comes to Prescott after coaching the 2022 season at Furman University. As a member of the coaching staff during the 2021-2022 school year, she developed the outfielders and hitters, while also drawing up practice plans and playing a crucial role in the recruiting process.

The 2022 season proved successful for Furman, as Hennessey was a part of a team that finished in the top four of the SOCON conference, defying preseason predictions. Four players earned all-SOCON honors for the 2022 season performance.

Prior to Furman, Hennessey was the assistant coach at Trinity University, a NCAA Division III program. Hennessey worked with the outfielders and catchers, while also developing hitters and leading agility workouts. In 2021, the program had its best season in a long time, having seven players earn all-conference, and the team grabbing its first postseason win since 2017.

Hennessey spent two seasons as an assistant coach at then-NCAA Division II UC San Diego, developing outfielders and hitters during her first job as a college coach. During the 2019 season, she was a part of the staff that won West Region Coaching Staff of the Year, as the team won a share of the CCAA Conference Championship. That 2019 season also saw UC San Diego make its first NCAA Division II tournament appearance since 2011.

“It is an incredible honor to be entrusted as the next head coach of the Embry-Riddle softball program,” Hennessey said. “I would like to thank Athletic Director Phil Hess and the Eagle staff for welcoming me as part of the family. ERAU is a special place and I am looking forward to leading this program to new heights, and building a championship caliber team for years to come.”

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