HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth College Director of Athletics and Recreation Harry Sheehy has announced that softball head coach Rachel Hanson has accepted the same position at Stanford University and will not return for the 2014-15 season.
"My time at Dartmouth has been an incredible journey," said Hanson. "I’m so thankful to Harry Sheehy, Megan Sobel, my coaching friends, and most importantly my staff and players – both past and present – for allowing me the privilege of leading the Dartmouth Softball program. It’s difficult to put into words how much I will treasure the memories and relationships from my four years at Dartmouth, not the least of which was capturing our first championship! This team is poised for success in the coming years, and I know they’ll go on to even greater achievements both while at Dartmouth and after graduation."
In her four seasons in Hanover, Hanson built the Big Green into a New England Powerhouse, advancing to the Ivy League Championship in consecutive years and recently claimed the 2014 title, advancing to the NCAA Tournament — all program firsts.
“Every aspect of our softball program improved during Rachel’s four-year tenure, most notably the team’s success on the field,” Sheehy said. “While we are sorry to see her go, she leaves with the program on very solid footing and ready to compete for more Ivy championships. We wish her well and are confident that Rachel will continue to be successful.”
The 2014 Big Green squad set several records as a team over the course of the spring. Its 18 league wins set a new program mark and sits second with 31 overall wins, one behind the 2000 team. The team also won the Ivy North Division for the second consecutive season in dramatic fashion. Needing to win their final three games of the season to earn the pennant, the Big Green defeated Harvard three times in a four-game series to capture the division once again. Hanson picked up her 50th Ivy victory in the regular-season finale against the Crimson. During her tenure, Hanson posted an 88-86 record with a .511 winning percentage.
Led by 2014 Ivy League Player of the Year sophomore Morgan McCalmon and Ivy Pitcher of the Year junior Kristen Rumley, Hanson mentored 15 All-Ivy players, which also includes the 2013 Ivy Rookie of the Year Katie McEachern.
The 2015 Big Green squad will return 14 letterwinners and eight starters from the championship team.
The national search for a new softball head coach will begin immediately.