Jennifer Williams
Jennifer Williams
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 617-253-7304
Email: j_will@mit.edu
Year: 7th at MIT
Previous College: Middlebury College '07

Jen Williams enters her seventh year at the helm of the MIT softball program after guiding the 2016 Engineers to fifth place at the NCAA Division III Softball National Championship.

Appearing in its second NCAA Tournament, MIT advanced through regionals and super regionals to reach the College World Series as the Engineers finished fifth overall and No. 7 in the final NFCA national coaches poll. During her tenure, the Cardinal and Gray has generated double-digit wins in five of the last six seasons and produced the Institute’s first 20-win campaign. This year, Williams became the second coach in program history to reach the 100-win plateau after finishing the year 34-14 overall and 16-2 in NEWMAC play and first to garner NFCA New England Coaching Staff of the Year accolades.

Williams arrived in Cambridge after spending one year at Southern New Hampshire University where she worked closely with the Penmen pitching staff while also assisting in infield and hitting instruction. 

Prior to her stint at Southern New Hampshire, Williams spent two years as an assistant for the Smith College softball team as she pursued a Master’s of Science in Exercise Science and Sports Studies. Williams’ coaching experience extends overseas as well, as she served as the Pitching Coach for the Swedish Junior and Senior National Teams in the summer of 2008. She also assisted the Enköping Softball Club while in Sweden and has a wealth of instructional and clinical experience. Williams graduated from Middlebury College in 2007, where she was a four-year member of the Panthers’ softball team while an undergraduate. She graduated as the all-time leader in career wins (32), complete games (41), and most innings pitched (327.1).

Currently, Williams is also MIT’s Director of Sports Performance. Serving the Engineers’ 33 varsity teams, she provides year round instruction and guidance in the weight room and on the field.

Lauren Dobish
Lauren Dobish
Title: Assistant Coach
Email: Ldobish@mit.edu
Year: 4th at MIT
Previous College: Bates College '12

Lauren Dobish is entering her fourth year with the MIT Softball staff. Over the past three years Lauren has been responsible for infield defense, baserunning, and short game offense, as well as taking on primary scouting and stat reporting duties. She comes to MIT from Newton North High School, where she worked as a behavior therapist.

A 2012 graduate of Bates College, Dobish was a four-year member of the softball team, serving as a captain both her junior and senior year. A three-sport athlete, she was also a captain of the women's basketball team and played three seasons for the Bates women's soccer team. At the conclusion of her career, Dobish was inducted into the Scholar-Athlete Society.

Dobish received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and appeared on the Dean's List four times.

Sarah Goodman
Sarah Goodman
Title: Assistant Coach
Phone: 617-253-5274
Email: sgood10@mit.edu
Year: 3rd at MIT
Previous College: Smith College '12

Sarah Goodman begins her third year with the Engineers coaching staff, after having a great impact on the program during her first year. She worked primarily with the MIT Softball catchers and focused on team offense, including film breakdown and drill development.

Goodman, who served as a graduate assistant coach at Smith College two years ago, was a four-year starter for the Pioneers. She served as captain for two seasons and was voted MVP at the conclusion of the 2012 campaign. As a senior, Goodman led the team in several categories, including hits, doubles, home runs, RBI, slugging percentage, stolen bases and batting average while committing zero errors in the field.

Goodman holds two degrees, a bachelors of arts in neuroscience and masters in exercise studies and sports science. She appeared on the Dean’s List in 2012 and was also an inductee of Sigma Xi and Nu Rho Psi honor societies the same year.

Caroline Blanchard
Caroline Blanchard
Title: Volunteer Assistant Coach
Year: 4th at MIT
Previous College: Trinity '13

Caroline Blanchard joins the softball staff for her fourth year, after successfully developing the Engineers outfield over the past three seasons. She currently works as an Editorial Assistant for American Journal of Kidney Diseases at Tufts Medical Center when she’s not on the field at MIT. 

Blanchard graduated from Trinity College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in neuroscience. She was a four-year member of the softball team and served as captain during her senior year. A three-time New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Conference second team honoree, Blanchard was named the conference's Defensive Player of the Year in 2011.

While at Trinity, she earned Faculty Honors for four semesters.

Amanda Jason
Amanda Jason
Title: Volunteer Assistant Coach
Year: 4th at MIT
Previous College: MIT '08

Amanda Jason is entering her fourth year as an assistant with the Engineers, after enjoying a successful four-year career on the MIT softball team which spanned from 2005-08.

Jason graduated from MIT with a Bachelor of Science in 2008 and went on to earn her Master of Science, also from MIT, in 2010.

She currently works as a Senior Systems Engineer at Ratheon Company.