Sara Shaw begins her third season at the helm of the Owls softball program this year.
In her past two seasons, Shaw’s teams have compiled a 37-30 overall record. Last year the program made a huge leap finishing the year at 26-15 and were ranked #4 in the United States for the USCAA. They qualified for the national tournament in Akron, OH.
“We’re making great strides as a program. The girls are putting the work in and we’re seeing the results. We’re excited to compete again this year and continue to make improvements necessary to qualify once again for a national tournament at the end of the year. We have developed a solid system and our recruits and returners are buying in,” stated Shaw.
The program has developed two USCAA All-Americans in the past two seasons, in addition to a number of NCAA All-Independent First and Second Team selections.
A 2008 graduate of UMaine-Farmington, Shaw possesses a wealth of softball coaching and strength and conditioning experience. She graduated from the United States Sports Academy and earned her Master’s of Sports Science degree in Sports Management upon completion of her Bachelor’s in Community Health Education at Farmington and her Associate’s in Business Administration at Central Maine Community College. She also serves as the Assistant Athletic Director for UMPI and is the co-owner of Northern Athletic Supply in Presque Isle.
Shaw is also no stranger to playing athletics at a high level, having competed in five conference championships as a softball and basketball player in the Yankee and North Atlantic Conferences while at Central Maine Community College (CMCC) and Maine-Farmington. She has also competed in the NCAA national tournament as a softball player while at Farmington.
“I’m excited about the direction our program is taking. Our girls are excited about the game of softball, and know what it takes to truly compete at the collegiate level. We are stepping up our game. Our returners have seen what it’s like to play on a national stage, in a stadium where professional softball players compete, and they are eager to make it back there for another opportunity. Our newcomers have heard about the experience and are hungry to get there as well. Our goal is to compete and to be a contender at the national level every year. And our girls are putting in the work to get there. It’s a special time for UMPI Softball,” stated Shaw about the outlook for the 2016-2017 season.