Kris Herman reaches 700-win milestone

Coach Herman
Coach Herman

CLERMONT, Fla. — Williams College head softball coach Kris Herman reached the 700-win milestone recently as her 2018 Eph squad finished a 13-3 trip to Clermont, Florida. The Ephs are currently ranked No. 4 in the country.

Herman's career mark stands at 702-375-5, a .651 winning percentage. She becomes the 17th coach at the Div. III level to surpass 700 wins in a career and is 13th on the active list. 

"I share all of those wins with players and assistant coaches at both Tufts and Williams, and am thankful for the many mentors and colleagues who have had more of a part in program wins than they know," she said. "Of course, there are a lot of losses out there as well. I'm so fortunate to get to work each day for so many years, with a great crowd of people who also care about our program and the process as well as the Ws."

Over the past four seasons, Herman has guided her Ephs to four consecutive NESCAC West Division titles, back-to-back NESCAC championships and four straight trips into the NCAA Div. III Tournament. The Ephs hosted an NCAA Regional for the first time in program history in 2014 and repeated the feat in 2015, 2016 and 2017. In 2017, Williams hosted a NCAA Super Regional for the first time. 
The 2017 team was Herman's third at Williams to advance to the NCAA Div. III national championships, joining the 2005 and 2006 squads. It also set a single-season record for victories with 38. 

Herman began her coaching career at her alma mater, Tufts, in 1988. She coached the Jumbos for 16 seasons and compiled a record of 339-164-3 (.679), winning five NESCAC titles and guiding her team to an NCAA Tournament appearance in her last seven seasons at the school. Tufts also made its first NCAA World Series appearance under Herman.

In 2004, Herman shifted to Williams, where she promptly led the Ephs to three straight NESCAC Championships (2004, 2005, 2006). In total, Herman's team's have won 10 NESCAC titles and advanced to the NCAA Div. III Tournament 14 times. Her teams have also won 10 Little 3 titles while at Williams. 

Herman was named NESCAC Coach of the Year four times and earned New England COTY honors in 2001, 2005 and 2006.


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