POTSDAM — SUNY Potsdam Athletic Director James Zalacca has announced that Nicole Yost has been named the Bears’ head softball coach.
In addition to leading Potsdam on the diamond, Yost will also serve as the Bears’ assistant sports information director.
“We’re delighted that Nicole has accepted our offer,” said Zalacca. “Her experiences gained from both her playing and coaching careers truly separated her from a very strong field of candidates. We’re tremendously excited on embarking in this new chapter of SUNY Potsdam softball with Nicole as our head coach.”
For the last two seasons, Yost served as the assistant coach at Misericordia University where she participated in all aspects of the program. She was a hitting and fielding instructor, planned practices and clinics, directed all program fundraising and recruited athletes. During her time with the Cougars, Misericordia saw a seven-win improvement, going from 16-22 in 2013 to 25-17 in 2014 to reach the Freedom Conference and ECAC South playoffs. Since 2011, Yost has also assisted the Silver Bullets 18-under travel team in Williamsport, Pa. and the Jersey Shore (Pa.) High School team.
Prior to her coaching career, Yost was a three-year captain and four-year starter for Mansfield University. The catcher/outfielder was highly decorated with the Mounties. Yost ranks second in the program’s career home run list (23) and third on the single-season homer list (9). She was a first team All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) selection in 2009 and 2010. She was also the Mounties Spring Athlete of the Year in 2009.
As Potsdam’s ASID, Yost will assist sports information director Dan Bronson in all facets of the department’s coverage of the Bears’ 16 varsity programs.
Yost, an Antes Fort, Pa. native, earned her bachelor’s degree in secondary education for mathematics from Mansfield in 2011 and her master’s in instructional technology from Misericordia this May.
CLARKSON ASSISTANTS NAMED
The Clarkson University Baseball program has announced the addition of former Golden Knight Jarrod Mattingly as the team’s top assistant for the 2014-15 season.
Mattingly, a native of Philadelphia, NY and a 2014 graduate of Clarkson with a grade-point average of 3.96 in Biomolecular Science, was a four-year standout for the Golden Knights. Mattingly played every position on the diamond at some point in his four seasons at Clarkson, but excelled most on the pitching mound, logging 40 appearances in four years. As a senior, Mattingly helped headline a pitching staff that finished 15th in the country in earned run average, 42nd in WHIP, 44th in hits per nine innings, 81st in walks per nine innings, and 94th in strikeout-to-walk ratio. Mattingly was one of three members of the staff chosen as a conference all-star, being picked as a Liberty League Honorable Mention. He went 5-2 with a 2.53 earned run average and a .246 opponents’ batting average, going the distance four times, including a pair of shutouts.
In four years, Mattingly earned eight wins and tossed six complete games while picking up three saves. He tossed 143 innings with a 3.71 earned run average. From the batter’s box, Mattingly hit .289, including a .342 pace as a sophomore.
As well as playing for four seasons with the Knights, Mattingly served for several years as the baseball team’s representative for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
Fran Brown is entering his first season as the top assistant coach for the Clarkson men’s basketball team in 2014-15.
Brown, a 2011 graduate of Boston University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a 2013 master’s degree in Sports Journalism, served his alma mater’s basketball program in numerous ways as an undergraduate and graduate student. He assisted the team’s Director of Basketball operations from 2007-2011 and was in charge of the student-manager staff for a team that won the 2011 America East conference. As a graduate student, Brown elevated his participation level by serving as an assistant to the staff with regards to scouting reports, film exchange, recruiting team academics and community and alumni outreach, and in the past year he worked as the team’s video coordinator.
A native of Malden, MA, Brown has also worked numerous camps, including the Joe Jones Basketball Clinic, the Boston University High School Showcase and the Boston University Elite Camp.