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Elaine Sortino

Class of 2004 

University of Massachusetts: 1980 - 2013

Sortino Induction Article



Elaine Sortino began her career at UMass in 1979 coaching volleyball for the Minutewomen, which she continued through 1986, and took over the softball program in 1980. Over her 34-year career in Amherst, Sortino posted a win-loss record of 1185-508-6, which was ranked seventh among active coaches at the time. In 2008, she won her 1000th game, becoming just the eighth coach to do so in NCAA history. In 2002, Sortino and the Minutewomen used a 33-game win streak to compile a record of 53-13, setting a new school record for wins in a season while shattering the old record of 45 set by the 1998 team.

Aside from coaching softball at UMass, she also served as an associate athletic director and the senior women’s administrator. UMass named the softball complex Elaine Sortino Field in 2012 in recognition of her efforts building the softball program at the school.

From 1996-2012, Sortino directed the Minutewomen to 16 straight NCAA regional appearances. She was responsible for winning 40 games in a season nine times, and had one 50-win campaign. She won 23 Atlantic-10 Conference titles, appeared in 21 NCAA regionals and participated in three College World Series. Sortino coached 28 All-Americans, 13 Atlantic-10 Players of the Year, and 17 Atlantic-10 Pitchers of the Year.

Sortino, a Yonkers, N.Y, native, earned her bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oneonta in 1971 and her masters from the University of Bridgeport in 1973. She was elected into the SUNY Oneonta Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999 was inducted into the NFCA Hall of Fame in 2004.