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Kathryn Gleason

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Kathryn Gleason, a 16-year coaching veteran with four combined appearances in the Women's College World Series as a player and assistant, readies for her second season as the head coach of the Boston University softball team in 2014.

In her first season, the Terriers faced multiple injuries, including the loss of the 2012 America East Pitcher of the Year, but still went 21-26-1. Highlights included wins over two 2013 NCAA tournament participants, Southern Conference champion Georgia Southern and Big Sky champion Portland State. BU also claimed a two-game sweep over ACC member Boston College.

Accepting her first head coaching position at BU, Gleason was already quite familiar with the Terriers, having spent a combined six seasons at the University of Massachusetts, including the last two as associate head coach. Working primarily with the Minutewomen's infielders, she helped lead the team to the 2012 Atlantic 10 Championship and a 38-13 overall record after finishing 29-19 in 2011.

Gleason previously served as an assistant coach with the Minutewomen from 1996-2000, helping lead the team to two Women's College World Series appearances. Before rejoining UMass in 2010, she coached for six years at Michigan State, serving the last five years as associate head coach. She primarily worked with the infield, coaching six All-Big Ten and four All-Region honorees, along with guiding the Spartans to four straight Big Ten Tournament berths. She served as the program's recruiting coordinator and assistant director of all camps and clinics. Gleason was also the Spartans' liaison for the Friends of Jaclyn program.

Joining the Spartans' staff in June of 2004, Gleason moved to State following a three-year stint as an assistant coach at Purdue University (2001-2004) and four years as an assistant coach at UMass (1996-2000).

She is a graduate of the University of Michigan where she played for the Wolverines, while earning a degree in sport management and communications. 

Gleason was part of the 1995 and 1996 Michigan teams that won the Big 10 championship and qualified for the WCWS. She was also named a captain of the 1996 Wolverine squad. 

She is heavily involved with the NFCA, currently serving as first vice president after previously working as the second vice president and assistant coach representative for the association.

To see her full Boston University bio, please click here.