MADISON, N.J. -- After spending one year as an assistant and serving as the 2012 interim head coach, Charlotte Labate has officially been named the head coach at Drew.

“Charlotte has already been a valued member of our staff, serving as an assistant coach and interim head coach,” Athletics Director Jason Fein said. “Her ability to recruit and motivate our student-athletes made her the perfect choice to assume full-time head coaching responsibilities. We're looking forward to continued success under tenure.”

Labate led the Rangers to 16 wins in 2012, the most since 2008, with a roster containing nine freshmen. Within the Landmark Conference, the Rangers finished in fifth place, coming up two games short of a playoff spot.

“I am very thankful for all the support I received from both the staff and community during this process,” Labate said. “Having the opportunity to continue working with this program is exciting and I'm looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish in the future.”

Labate, a graduate of Rutgers-Newark, was a four-year starter at shortstop for the Scarlet Raiders.