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- Fourth Season Lehigh (2005)
Michelle Burrell completed her fourth season at the helm of the Binghamton program in 2013. Under her leadership, the Bearcats have gone 99-88, including a 39-32 mark in the America East Conference. The Bearcats have qualified for two of the last three conference tournaments and in May 2013, they hosted the event at their new home facility.
In 2013, Binghamton finished with a 30-17 record, marking the first time in 18 years that they have reached the 30-win mark. The Bearcats led the America East with five first-team all-conference selections, six total all-conference picks, four all-rookie selections and four players chosen to the conference’s all-academic team. Burrell, meanwhile, was named the America East Coach of the Year.
Under Burrell’s leadership, Binghamton has posted the 2011 America East Co-Player of the Year, the 2010 & 2013 America East Rookie of the Year as well as three NFCA All-Region selections. The Bearcats have had a total of 17 all-conference selections and nine all-rookie picks during that span.
In the classroom, Binghamton has been even more 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 again ranked first in the America East Conference with a 3.36 team GPA. In addition, 17 of the 19 players were named to the America East Academic Honor Roll.
Individually, Binghamton has posted 24 NFCA Scholar Athlete selections as well as 10 America East Academic Squad selections the past three years. One player has also been named to the COSIDA All-District Team.
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 season.
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 Selection
- 2011 America East Co-Player of the Year
- 2010 & 2013 America East Rookie of the Year
- 24 America East All-Conference Selections
- 13 America East All-Rookie Selections
- 24 NFCA Scholar Athletes
- 14 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): 99-88 overall
-Head Coach, University of Rochester (2006-09): 147-67 overall
-Assistant Coach, University of Maryland (2002-05)
- 2007 and 2009 Liberty League Coach 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 Nelles completed her fourth season with Binghamton in 2013.
In her four years with the Bearcats, she has helped transform the squad into a solid contender in the America East Conference.
Nelles, a former pitcher at the University of Maryland, played a pivotal role in BU’s 2010 pitching staff to a drastic turnaround. The team ERA was a 5.05 the year before Nelles arrived and that number shrunk to 2.75 in her first season.
A 2009 graduate of the University of Maryland, Nelles 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, Nelles 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, Nelles 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.
THE NELLES 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 fourth season as a Binghamton assistant softball coach in 2013.
A former pitcher at the Lehigh, Cotcamp helped BU’s 2010 pitching staff to a drastic turnaround. The team ERA was a 5.05 the year before she arrived and that number shrunk to 2.75 in her first season.
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 University, 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.
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