OBERLIN, Ohio – Director of athletics William Roth has named Mimi Mahon as the new head softball coach at Oberlin College.
Mahon comes to Oberlin from nearby Case Western Reserve University where she spent the last season as the lead assistant for head coach Josie Henry. Mahon, who served as the team’s hitting instructor, also coached the Spartans’ catchers and outfielders. In her lone season with Case she helped the team improve upon its win total by 10 games from the previous season. Her hitting tutelage also provided a major difference in the Spartans’ power numbers as the team more than doubled its home run total from the season before, belting out 39 long balls this past spring compared to just 17 in 2010. They also increased their run total dramatically, plating 236 runs in 2011 compared to just 187 in the season before her arrival.
“I am extremely pleased to have Coach Mahon join the Oberlin athletics department as our next head softball coach,” Roth said. “She will bring to our student-athletes and program a personal confidence and competitive attitude grounded in a winning pedigree developed as a player and a coach. Her determined spirit, her thoughtful understanding of how to build a successful program and her thorough appreciation of Oberlin’s academic rigor and campus culture distinguished Coach Mahon in our search process and will make her a successful leader of our softball program for years to come.”
A 2011 graduate from Cleveland State University, Mahon’s collegiate playing career started at the University of Rio Grande (NAIA) in 2006 where she was a two-time all-conference and all-region selection before transferring to CSU. Living out a dream by playing Division I softball, Mahon provided an instant spark to the Vikings’ lineup and went on to be named to the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team after hitting .286 (36-126) with 19 runs scored, 11 doubles and 16 RBI’s in 2009. In that same season she helped the Vikings win the Horizon League Championship and secure a berth to the NCAA tournament. A diverse player, Mahon was a jack-of-all-trades, as she played second, short and catcher in addition to her predominate position of third base. No matter where she played on the diamond, her defense was top notch as she led the Horizon League with a .991 fielding percentage while recording 193 putouts and 19 assists throughout 45 games of action in 2009.
“I would like to thank William Roth and Natalie Winkelfoos for giving me the opportunity to be the head softball coach at such a distinguished institution,” Mahon said at the time of her hire. “I also want to thank my mentors Angie Nicholson, head softball coach at Cleveland State University, and Josie Henry, head softball coach at Case Western Reserve University, for providing guidance and support as both a player and a coach. I am extremely excited about learning and working with such a highly motivated, passionate and supportive staff at Oberlin. It is my goal to enhance the already unique and rewarding experience students receive at Oberlin College by raising the bar and creating a hard-working, high-energy, and competitive softball program.”
“We are thrilled to be adding Coach Mahon to our staff,” Associate director of athletics and Hiring Committee chair Natalie Winkelfoos said. “She brings strong experience, enthusiasm and energy. She will connect well with our student-athletes and will do a great job recruiting. Under her leadership, we are confident our softball program will enjoy success on the field and in the classroom.”
Mahon, who served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) while at CSU, graduated with a degree in mathematics. She will begin her new role with the college on August 1.