Megan Hyson held the Blue Demons offense to one run over 6.0 innings
Strong pitching and clutch hitting lead the Hoyas to two wins against Princeton
Georgetown Softball Opens Season with Loss to N.C. State, 5-1
Georgetown Softball Opens Regular Season Play in February
Seniors to Lead Hoyas in 2013
Pat Conlan is in her eighth season as the Georgetown Softball Head Coach and her 19th year of collegiate coaching experience, serving as the program's first and only head coach. Conlan transformed the club team into a Division I program in 2006 and will guide the Hoyas into their fifth season of play in the BIG EAST in 2013.
In 2012, the Hoyas finished 19-32 and 3-15 in the BIG EAST Conference, in the program's fourth season of BIG EAST Softball
Conlan led the Hoyas to 13-40 overall and 6-12 in the BIG EAST. Georgetown's 19 wins was the second most in program history, as Conlan helped freshman Megan Hyson earn NFCA Second Team All-Region. In 2011, the Hoyas finished tenth in the BIG EAST, the best postseason ranking for the Blue & Gray in its history with the conference. In addition, Conlan brought five freshmen to the program for the 2012 season, including 2011 All-Met Baltimore Player of the Year Megan Hyson.
In 2010, Conlan guided the team through their second season as a member of the BIG EAST, leading the Hoyas to an 18-33 overall record with a 7-15 mark in conference play, including sweeping a doubleheader against Syracuse on April 2. The team also defeated USF on Senior Day, May 9, sending out the program's first recruiting class on top. Conlan continued to help the maturation of sophomore Mackensey Carter, who earned All-BIG EAST second team honors.
Conlan led Georgetown into the BIG EAST in 2009, guiding the team to an 8-14 record and 11th place finish. The Hoyas adjusted quickly to the competition, going 8-6 against conference opponents after April 1 and ending its season with a doubleheader sweep of St. John's. Conlan helped freshman pitcher Mackensey Carter develop into a All-BIG EAST third team selection, the first conference honor the Hoyas received.
The Hoyas continued to grow under Conlan during the 2007-08 season, winning a team record 21 games, nearly doubling their previous season-high (12) in victories. It also marked Conlan's second recruiting class, as six freshmen each played a role in the success of the young team. Several members of Conlan's first recruiting class continued to develop, as shortstop Samantha Peters earned All-Independent Player of the Year honors. IF Demetria Cipriano earned All-Independent First-Team honors, while RHP Jennifer Connell earned All-Independent honorable mention.
The 2006-07 season marked Conlan's first recruiting class, with the six freshman paying immediate dividends, as five became full-time starters. Among them, Conlan helped mold shortstop Samantha Peters into an All-Independent Top Newcomer selection, helping the team achieve their first post-season individual honor. The team tripled its win total from the previous season, going 12-41 In the inaugural season of softball on the Hilltop, Conlan led the squad to a 4-23 record. The program had a number of firsts - the program's first hit on the program's first at bat, the first win - a 7-2 victory over Coppin State, the first shutout (3-0 over George Mason) and a doubleheader sweep over Coppin State.
In her previous 13 years of coaching, Conlan has proven a success with each program she has been associated. In 2005, her final season at NC State, she guided the Wolfpack to a 41-25 record, helping pitcher Abbie Sims earn All-ACC and All-South Region honors. As an assistant coach at NC State, Conlan gained experience in all phases of a Division I program in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Her duties included recruiting coordinator, budget preparation, NCAA Compliance, team travel, practice, game-planning, training and community service. In her two seasons with the Pack, she was instrumental in the success off a pitching staff that compiled a 1.71 ERA, holding opposition to a .199 batting average, while recording 491 strikeouts in 227.1 innings pitched in 2005. The staff posted a 2.10 ERA, with 456 strikeouts and a .225 opponents' batting average in 399 1/3 innings pitched in 2004.
Conlan spent the six seasons, prior to her tenure at NC State, at her alma mater, the University of Connecticut, where she helped the Huskies finish in second and third place in the BIG EAST Conference in the 2000 and 2001 seasons, respectively. In 2001 she was a member of the National Fastpitch Coaching Association Northeast Region Coaching Staff of the Year, after directing the team to the BIG EAST Championship.
During her career, Conlan also served, for three seasons, as the head softball coach at Fairfield University, a position she gained after assisting for one year. As the head coach at Fairfield, Conlan helped the Stags to a runner-up finish in the 1997 MAAC Tournament and the program's first winning season since 1988.
As a player at UConn, Conlan led the Huskies to a fifth-place finish in the 1993 Womens' College World Series. She earned All-American status and was named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year, first team All-BIG EAST, All-New England, All-ECAC and All-Northeast. In four years as a player, her teams captured four BIG EAST Tournament titles, while she compiled a 55-17 career record. Conlan also set school records for wins in a season (26), shutouts in a season (14), complete games (26) and consecutive innings without allowing an earned run (73.2). Her 1993 ERA of .33 ranked second nationally as she allowed just 11 earned runs in 231.1 innings. Conlan earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Connecticut in 1993.