Ashley Waters was named America East Player of the Year in
2008 at Maine (Photo Courtesy: Maine Athletics).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The two-time defending Ivy League champion Harvard softball team is adding Ashley Waters to its coaching staff, the team announced Thursday. Waters joins head coach Jenny Allard, in her 19th season with the team, and assistant coach Brandi Gordon on the Harvard staff.
“I am thrilled to welcome Ashley to our coaching staff,” said Allard. “She had an outstanding playing career both at the University of Maine and with the Stratford Brakettes. She is a tremendous teacher and will bring a lot of enthusiasm to our program.”
Waters has held a number of coaching positions since graduating from Maine in 2009. Her most recent position was as an assistant coach for the Charmers Under-18 Gold team in Shelton, Conn., where she was involved in player development, recruitment and organizing practices. She was the head coach and administrative coordinator for the Wicked U18 team based in Newtown, Conn., from 2009-11 and also worked as a coaching consultant for Yale during that time. She got her start in collegiate coaching just after graduation, as she spent the fall of 2009 as an assistant on the Maine coaching staff. Her first coaching responsibilities came with the New Hampshire Elite U18 team in 2007.
Waters’ most recent playing experience came with the Stratford Brakettes, a team she started with in 2008. Waters helped the squad take home back-to-back Women’s Major Softball national championships (2010, 2011) and was named to the national championship All-Tournament Team in 2011 and 2012 as a second baseman.
In four years as an infielder for Maine, Waters accumulated numerous academic and athletic awards. She was named to the America East first team in her junior and senior seasons, and earned league Player of the Year honors in 2008. She was a member of the NFCA Northeast All-Regional first team in 2009 and second team in 2008 and earned a spot on the America East All-Rookie team in her first year with the Black Bears. Waters served as team captain her final two seasons with the squad, and earned a pair of team Most Valuable Player and Golden Glove awards while at Maine.
Waters was a four-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Academic All-American, and also received America East Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll accolades and Maine Scholar-Athlete credentials all four years of college. She was named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District squad twice, was a three-time member of the America East All-Academic team and was dubbed America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2008. She was also involved with Phi Beta Kappa and the Golden Key National Honor Society.