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- Fifth Season, Lehigh (2005)
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Michelle Burrell completed her fifth season at the helm of the Binghamton program in 2014. Under her leadership, the Bearcats have gone 121-113, including a 49-39 mark in the America East Conference.
Since Burrell became the program’s head coach, the Bearcats have won at least 22 games each season, including a 30-win performance in 2013. The Bearcats have qualified for three of the last four America East Tournaments and in May 2013, they hosted the event at their new home facility.
Under Burrell’s leadership, Binghamton has posted the America East Player of the Year twice (2011 and 2014), the America East Rookie of the Year twice (2010 and 2013) as well as four NFCA All-Region selections. In addition, the Bearcats have had a total of 20 all-conference selections and 12 all-rookie picks during that span. Burrell also was a part of the America East Coaching Staff of the Year in 2013.
In the classroom, Binghamton has been just as impressive. In 2010, the Bearcats recorded a 3.45 overall team GPA, which ranked first in the America East Conference and eighth in the nation among NCAA Division I programs. The following year, the squad also ranked first in the America East Conference with a 3.36 team GPA.
Individually, Binghamton has posted 31 NFCA Scholar Athlete selections as well as 15 America East Academic Squad selections the past five years. One player was also named to the 2011 COSIDA All-District Team and another was named the 2013 America East Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2013.
Burrell arrived in Binghamton after a successful stint with the University of Rochester. She posted a four-year record of 117-50 (.701) and guided the Yellowjackets to three consecutive NCAA appearances (2007, 2008, 2009). During that span, the Yellowjackets went 24-0 in conference play and racked up three consecutive Liberty League championships. In the process, Rochester increased their win total each season, breaking the school record for victories every year.
During her tenure, Burrell also helped lay claim to a number of first-ever milestones for the Yellowjacket program, including the first-ever national ranking, first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance and also coached the program’s first-ever All-American. Burrell and her assistant coach Margaret Yerdon (a 2002 Binghamton graduate) earned the Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year honors in 2007 and 2009.
While at Rochester, Burrell also instilled a culture of academic success into her student-athletes. From 2006-09, her team increased their GPA each year, with the high-water mark being 3.33 during the 2008-09 academic year.
In 2002, Burrell started her coaching career as an assistant coach at her alma mater, the University of Maryland. She was the program’s top assistant and recruiting coordinator by the time she accepted the head coaching position at Rochester four years later. The Terps went 88-66 during Burrell’s four years on the staff.
At Maryland, Burrell was a four-year starting outfielder for the Terrapin softball program and started 239 career games. She earned first team All-ACC honors and was named to the conference’s all-tournament team as a senior. She also was a NFCA Mid-Athletic All-Region selection and a Verizon Academic All-District honoree. She is still ranked in the top ten in nearly every offensive statistical category at Maryland. In 2002, Burrell was selected a member of the 50th All-Anniversary ACC Softball team.
After graduating from Maryland with a B.S. Kinesiology in 2001, Burrell worked in the athletic department as an administrative assistant and career development assistant. Additionally, she interned with the strength and conditioning program for one year.
A native of nearby Owego, Burrell is a 1997 graduate of Owego Free Academy.
BINGHAMTON UNDER MICHELLE BURRELL
- Four NFCA All-Region Selections
- Three ECAC All-Star Selections
- 2011 & 2014 America East Player of the Year
- 2010 & 2013 America East Rookie of the Year
- 20 America East All-Conference Selections
- 12 America East All-Rookie Selections
- 31 NFCA Scholar Athletes
- 15 America East All-Academic Selections
- One COSIDA Academic All-District Selection
- One SUNY Chancellor’s Award Winner for Student Excellence
- 2013 America East Softball Scholar-Athlete
- Binghamton posted the top softball team GPA in the America East Conference in 2010 and 2011
THE BURRELL FILE
-Head Coach, Binghamton University (2010-present): 121-113 overall
-Head Coach, University of Rochester (2006-09): 147-67 overall
-Assistant Coach, University of Maryland (2002-05)
- Led the 2013 America East Coaching Staff of the year
- Led the 2007 and 2009 Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year
- A member of the 50th All-Anniversary ACC Softball Team
- A 2001 NFCA All-Region selection
- A 2001COSIDA All-Academic Team selection
Meredith Allen completed her fifth season at Binghamton in 2014.
In her five years with the Bearcats, she has helped transform the squad into a solid contender in the America East Conference.
A 2009 graduate of the University of Maryland, Allen was the top pitcher for the Terps from 2006-08. As a freshman in 2006, she ranked sixth in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) with 8.4 strikeouts per game. The following season, she led Maryland in innings pitched, strikeouts (141) and recorded 19 wins (the third most in school history).
In 2008, Allen was 10-3 and led the Terps with 83 strikeouts, four shutouts and a 2.17 ERA. In the classroom that year, she was named to ESPN The Magazine’s Academic All-District Team.
In 2009, Allen was the lead softball instructor for individual pitching and hitting lessons at the Thunder Stix Baseball and Softball Academy (based in New Castle, Del.). From 2002-08, she was also an individual pitching coach.
Allen and her husband Jeff were married in July 2014.
THE ALLEN FILE
- Assistant Coach, Binghamton University (2010-present)
- Lead Softball Intructor, Thunder Stix Baseball and Softball Academy (2009)
- A 2008 COSIDA All-Academic Team selection
Emily Cotcamp completed her fifth season at Binghamton in 2014.
Cotcamp was an assistant coach at Fairfield University from 2005-08. She worked primarily as the pitching coach. During that time, the Stags advanced to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament twice.
A 2005 graduate of Lehigh, Cotcamp was named the Patriot League Pitcher of the Year as a sophomore and senior. She was also a three-time NFCA first-team All-Mid Atlantic Region selection and was the MVP of the 2005 Patriot League Tournament.
For the past decade, Cotcamp has worked at several pitching and hitting camps as a coach. She has also conducted numerous individual pitching lessons.
In March 2014, Cotcamp was inducted into the New York State Section 4 High School Hall of Fame.
THE COTCAMP FILE
- Assistant Coach, Binghamton University (2010-present)
- Assistant Coach, Fairfield University (2005-09)
- The 2003 and 2005 Patriot League Pitcher of the Year
- A three-time NFCA All-Region selection
- The MVP of the 2005 Patriot League Tournament