MINERS

Sara Plourde
 Sara Plourde

Hometown:
Bristol, Conn.

Position:
Pitching Coach

Experience:
First Year

Alma Mater:
UMass '12

Sara Plourde will her first season with the UTEP softball coaching staff. Plourde will serve as the pitching coach.

Previously, Plourde served as the first assistant/pitching coach at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. during the 2013 season.

Plourde, a graduate of the University of Massachusetts in May 2012, concluded her career with 1,662 strikeouts to rank eighth all-time in the Division I record book, while leading the nation in strikeouts during the 2010, 2011, 2012 seasons. Plourde forged 109-35 career record and hurled 14 no-hitters for the Minutewomen. In four seasons, Plourde was a five-time All-American. She also appeared in three NCAA Regionals, was part of three conference championship teams, while earning the 2012 Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

The Bristol, Conn. native, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Elementary Education.

After a successful collegiate career, Plourde took her talents to the professional level with the Carolina Diamonds of the National Pro Fastpitch league. The Diamonds drafted Plourde in March 2012, as she threw in the circle during the 2012 campaign. Plourde, with eight other Diamonds, signed a contract with the expansion New York/New Jersey Comets for the 2013 season.

On top of pitching professionally, Plourde is a current and two-time member of the Canadian National Team. She started competition with Team Canada in June 2013. Her squad placed second at the 2013 Pan-America Tournament in San Juan, Puerto Rico.