TROY, N.Y. – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton has announced the hiring of Amber Maisonet as the head softball coach. The interim head coach during the 2011 season, Maisonet takes over the Engineers full-time after guiding the program to a 26-11 record last year and earning Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year honors.
“I am extremely excited to be named the head softball coach at RPI,” said Maisonet. “This is a premier institution with a tremendous group of student-athletes that I am honored to work with. I look forward to continue building on our success and taking this program to the next level.”
“We are excited to have Amber take on the role as head coach,” stated Knowlton. “She had a superb year as the interim and proved she is imminently ready to continue to lead our program and student-athletes to even greater successes. We are proud of what she accomplished this past year and look forward to seeing her develop our student-athletes and our program in the years ahead.”
A native of Newburgh, N.Y., Maisonet saw tremendous success in her interim season at the helm as RPI posted a 6-2 record against Liberty League opponents’ – the team’s best mark since going 7-1 in 2006 – to earn the top-seed in the conference tournament. In addition to being named the league’s top coaching staff with assistant coach Casey Halloran, she saw a number of year-end honors bestowed upon her players.
Highlighting Maisonet’s achievements during the 2011 campaign were six All-Liberty League selections, including four on the first team. She also coached the conference’s Player of the Year in Jen Bach, who went on to become just the second player in Engineers history to be named an NFCA National All-American.
Maisonet originally joined the Rensselaer staff in 2009, helping the Engineers to a 26-14 overall record and the finals of the ECAC Tournament in her first year. In 2010, RPI played in the Liberty League Tournament finals and finished with an overall record of 19-18-1.
As a student-athlete, Maisonet played Division I softball and soccer at the University at Albany, enjoying tremendous success for the Great Danes.
As an outfielder she was a four-year starter and two-year captain who earned All-America East First Team recognition every season. She graduated with school career records for hits (233) and runs (151) and ranked in the top five in a number of other categories, including second in stolen bases (96), fourth in batting average (.361) and triples (12), and fifth in RBI (80).
The 2005 America East Rookie of the Year, Maisonet led Albany to three straight America East Championships (2005, 2006, 2007) as well as an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2007 when the team advanced to the Regional Finals.
Following her senior season in 2008, she was an ESPN the Magazine National Academic All-America First Team selection and the University at Albany Female Athlete of the Year. She was also America East All-Academic First Team for the fourth straight year and she won the Chancellors College Athlete Award.
In addition to softball, Maisonet, a graduate of Newburgh Free Academy, also started 12 of 14 matches played as a goalkeeper on the soccer team as a graduate student in 2008.
She graduated Cumma Sum Laude with a degree in psychology and a minor in mathematics. Maisonet earned a Master’s in Educational Administration from Albany in 2010.