| 2012 Binghamton Softball Coaches|
University of Maryland (2001)
Michelle Burrell enters her third season at the helm of the Binghamton softball program in 2012. After just two years, she has the Bearcats on solid ground both on and off the playing field.
Binghamton has gone 47-42 since the start of the 2010 season, including an 18-17 mark in the America East Conference. The Bearcats' 24 wins in 2010 was their best total since moving up to the NCAA Division I level a decade ago. In 2011, Binghamton advanced to the America East Tournament for the first time in its program history and recorded a third-place finish.
During Burrell's tenure, Binghamton has produced three All-Mid Atlantic Region selections, eight all-conference picks and four players who have been named to the America East All-Rookie Team. In 2010, the Bearcats had the America East Rookie of the Year and the following season, they had the conference's Co-Player of the Year.
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 six NFCA Scholar Athletes and six America East Academic Squad selections the past two years, including a conference-best four picks in 2011. 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. Burrell posted a four-year record of 117-50 (.701) and guided the Yellowjackets to three consecutive NCAA appearances (2007, 2008, 2009).
Burrell's team was 24-0 in the conference from 2007-09, while racking up three consecutive Liberty League titles. The Yellowjackets also increased their win total for three consecutive years, breaking the school record for wins each season.
She has also helped lay claim to a number of first-ever milestones for the Yellowjacket program, including the first-ever national ranking, first-ever NCAA appearance and also coached the program's first-ever All-American.
Burrell and her assistant coach at Rochester, Margaret Yerdon, a 2002 Binghamton graduate and former softball standout, were also been well-honored by their peers. The pair earned league Coaching Staff of the Year awards in 2007 and 2009.
In 2009, Burrell's squad won their third Liberty League title while earning the number two seed at the NCAA Northeast Regional. The squad defeated Keuka 10-2 before falling to Cortland and Buffalo State. The squad finished with a program best 33-12 record while earning 11 all-conference selections, including player, pitcher and rookie of the year honors.
In 2008, the Yellowjackets won their second straight Liberty League championship with an 8-0 record and were seeded fourth in the NCAA Northeast Regional. After falling in the first round, Rochester ripped off four straight elimination game wins to get into the regional title game. The team finished with a 32-12 record, while advancing farther then they ever had in NCAA play.
In 2007, Rochester emerged as one of the nation's most successful Division III programs. The Yellowjackets shared the University Athletic Association championship and won the Liberty League title outright. Rochester was 26-5 heading into their first-ever NCAA regional, where they were awarded the top seed. The squad went 2-2 at the regional and finished with a 28-5 mark.
In Burrell's first season in 2006, the Yellowjackets reached the third round of the ECAC Upstate NY Championships and compiled a 24-19 record. When Burrell took over at Rochester, the softball program was heading into just its ninth year of existence, making her accomplishments even more impressive.
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 in the 2008-09 academic year.
Her first coaching gig came at her alma mater, the University of Maryland, where she was an assistant coach from 2002-05. The Terps went 88-66 during Burrell's four years on the staff.
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.
She 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 pick and a Verizon Academic All-District choice. 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.
Burrell, a native of nearby Owego, New York, is a 1997 graduate of Owego Free Academy.
BINGHAMTON UNDER MICHELLE BURRELL
- Three NFCA All-Region Selections
- Two ECAC All-Star Selection
- 2011 America East Co-Player of the Year
- 2010 America East Rookie of the Year
- Eight America East All-Conference Selections
- Four America East All-Rookie Selections
- Six NFCA Scholar Athletes
- Six America East All-Academic Selections
- One COSIDA Academic All-District Selection
- One SUNY Chancellor's Award Winner for Student Excellence
- Binghamton posted a 3.45 team GPA in 2009-10 and a 3.36 GPA in 2010-11
THE BURRELL FILE
-Head Coach, Binghamton University (2010-present): 47-42 overall
-Head Coach, University of Rochester (2006-09): 117-50 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
University of Maryland (2009)
Meredith Nelles enters her third season as a Binghamton assistant softball coach in 2012.
In her two 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, 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 enters her third season as a Binghamton assistant softball coach in 2012.
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