Cambridge, Mass. (October 12) -- MIT softball head coach and director of sport performance Jen Williams has resigned her position and has accepted the softball head coaching position at Division I Dartmouth College (N.H.).
“It’s been a privilege to lead MIT Softball and MIT Sport Performance during my time here,” said Williams. “I would like to thank Julie Soriero, Barb Bolich, John Benedick, the DAPER family, and the MIT student-athletes for the opportunities and support they’ve given me. I would also like to thank the MIT Softball community, including current players, coaches and alumni, as well as the families of current and former players, for their commitment and dedication to building a family in MIT Softball. I will always be grateful for the opportunity to be a part of their lives and look forward to seeing what they will do with MIT Softball in the future.”
In 2018, Williams led the Engineers to the program’s second trip to the NCAA Division III National Championship and MIT’s first NEWMAC Championship as the team finished with a 38-11-1 record and a No. 8 national ranking. The team hosted the NCAA Regionals for the first time as Williams was honored as both the NEWMAC Coach of the Year and NCAA Division III New England Coach of the Year.
“We are very happy for Jen Williams as she transitions into the next phase of her softball coaching career at Dartmouth College,” said MIT associate director of athletics Barb Bolich. “The MIT softball program would not have matured into the national championship contender that it is today without her vision, leadership, tenacity and passion. Jen built a team that reflects many of her best attributes: drive, determination, humility, intelligence and an unwavering commitment to the MIT softball team/family first philosophy. All of us at MIT wish Jen the very best of luck in all of her future endeavors.”
In her eight years in Cambridge, Williams guided the Engineers to an overall record of 168-122-1 and a pair of National Championship appearances. In conference action, the Engineers posted a mark of 85-51 under Williams’ guidance, including a 60-12 record over the last five seasons.
MIT made its first National Championship appearance in 2016 as the Engineers ended the NCAA Tournament in fifth place overall and a No. 7 final national ranking. As a staff, the coaches earned NFCA New England Coaching Staff of the Year accolades.
In addition to her work as the softball head coach, Williams served as the director of sport performance providing year-round instruction and guidance in the weight room and on the field for MIT’s 33 intercollegiate athletic programs. She was also the New England Region Head Coach Representative on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III Head Coaches Committee, which assimilates and distributes NFCA and softball priorities to the Division III coaching body.
Williams graduated from Middlebury College in 2007, where she was a four-year member of the Panthers’ softball team. She graduated as the all-time leader in career wins (32), complete games (41) and innings pitched (327.1).
MIT: Softball head coach Jen Williams has resigned and has accepted the head coaching position at Dartmouth College (N.H.).