Wheelock names former Boston U. pitching star Hardy head coach
BOSTON -- Cassidi Hardy has been named head softball coach at Wheelock, it was announced Tuesday by director of athletics Dwight Datcher.
Hardy brings an impressive record of success with her to Wheelock as the school’s new softball skipper. A native of Jupiter, Fla., Hardy finished her playing career as the greatest pitcher in the history of Boston University, where she was a four-time All-Conference honoree, including a First Team selection following her senior campaign.
Hardy was the unanimous choice for America East Pitcher of the Year in 2010. In that season, Hardy threw a perfect game and struck out a career-best 217 batters during the regular season. In addition to her prowess in the league, she was also recognized in New England as a two-time All-Region recipient. Hardy posted a career .675 winning percentage with a school-record 85 victories, while owning the program standards for career appearances (154), complete games (95) and innings pitched (840), while placing second with 825 strikeouts and 32 shutouts.
Her success wasn’t limited to just her individual accolades; Hardy led the Terriers to a pair of America East Championships as well as two NCAA tournament berths, during which time BU averaged 36 wins per season.
Hardy’s passion for softball continued after her playing career with a stint as Wellesley’s pitching coach during the fall of 2010 and then as Boston University’s pitching mentor for the 2011 campaign. Under her tutelage, the Terriers boasted the America East Pitcher of the Year, while posting an overall team record of 34-18 to help earn the staff the designation of America East Coaching Staff of the Year.
She has remained a prominent figure in softball coaching circles as a private pitching coach, while also serving as the head softball coach for LX Sports Camps.
Hardy earned a bachelor of science degree in English education as well as a master of education degree in special education and severe disabilities from Boston University and currently resides in Newton, Mass.