By: Tom Klemick
– Former Lebanon Valley assistant Scot Adams has been named the program's head coach, as announced by the College on Monday.
"We are thrilled to welcome Scot back to our athletic family as our next head softball coach," said LVC Director of Athletics Rick Beard '90, M'92
. "As an assistant, Scot was a tremendous asset in building the program into one of the best in the conference and we look forward to him continuing that tradition of success moving forward."
Known especially for his development of top-notch pitchers, Adams returns to LVC after a two-year stint as head coach at Albright. Under his tutelage, three Lions earned MAC Commonwealth All-Conference recognition for their efforts this spring.
He served as an assistant for seven years on the staff of LVC's all-time winningest head coach in Stacey Hollinger
. During his seven-year tenure at Lebanon Valley, Adams helped lead the Flying Dutchmen to four NCAA Division III Championship Tournament appearances, three consecutive MAC Commonwealth Championships, and a program record for wins in a single season.
"I could not be more excited to see Scot back in the LVC dugout," said Hollinger, now the Associate Director of Athletics at LVC. "He was an integral part of our success during his time here and I'm confident he will raise the standard for our program. His knowledge and passion for the game is second to none and LVC softball is fortunate to have him as its leader."
Under Adams, LVC produced four consecutive MAC Commonwealth Pitchers of the Year from 2011-2014 in Laura Snyder, Kristen Palmerio, and Sam Derr (twice). Derr also earned National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America honors following her senior campaign.
With Adams' help, Derr set records in the spring of 2014, including a no-hitter in the NCAA Tournament after leading the Dutchmen to a MAC Commonwealth title. In 2013, LVC's pitching staff ranked 18th in the nation in ERA (1.69), led by Derr and fellow all-conference pick Haley Neff as the squad advanced to the NCAA Regional final.
In 2015, Adams helped Neff finish strong down the stretch, as she morphed into the conference's best pitcher over the final two weeks of the season. She won 10 of her last 15 starts, including an NCAA Regional contest, after winning four MAC Commonwealth Championship Tournament outings en route to being named the tourney's MVP.
Adams played fastpitch for 17 seasons and was a member of numerous teams from Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Massachusetts. He also attended several national tournaments, including six appearances at the Amateur Softball Association of America, five trips to the North American Fastpitch Association National Tournament, three National Softball Association Tournaments and three International Softball Congress International Tournaments.
In 2006, Adams and his teammates won the NSA National Championship. He also went on to win the Pennsylvania State Championship in 1999, 2000, and 2006. His career highlight came in 2007 when his team won the ISC Tournament of Champions title in Kitchener, Ontario, becoming the first American team to win the title.
Other accolades include being named to the NAFA second team All-World in 1999 and 2002, and a first team ASA All-American selection in 2005.
A former pitcher, Adams tallied 19 career no-hitters, 10 of which were perfect games.
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