JS grad named SUNY Potsdam softball coach

Jersey Shore High School graduate Nicole Yost has been named head softball coach at SUNY Potsdam, the school announced Tuesday. She will also serve as the school’s assistant sports information director.

“We’re delighted that Nicole has accepted our offer,” said SUNY?Potstam athletic director James Zalacca in a statement. “Her experiences gained from both her playing and coaching careers truly separated her from a very strong field of candidates.”

SUNY?Potsdam went 5-25 in 2014, 4-12 in the Division III?State University of New York Athletic?Conference.

For the last two seasons, Yost served as the assistant coach at Misericordia, where she participated in all aspects of the program. She was a hitting and fielding instructor, planned practices and clinics, directed all program fundraising and recruited athletes.

During her time with the Cougars, Misericordia saw a seven-win improvement, going from 16-22 in 2013 to 25-17 in 2014 to reach the Freedom Conerence and ECAC South playoffs. Since 2011, Yost has also assisted the Silver Bullets 18-under travel team in Williamsport and the Jersey Shore high school team.

Prior to her coaching career, Yost was a three-year captain and four-year starter for Mansfield University. The catcher/outfielder was highly decorated with the Mounties. Yost ranks second on the program’s career home run list (23) and third on the single-season homer list (9). She was a first team All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) selection in 2009 and 2010. She was also the Mounties Spring Athlete of the Year in 2009.

Yost, an Antes Fort native, earned her bachelor’s degree in secondary education for mathematics from Mansfield in 2011 and her master’s in instructional technology from Misericordia this May.