PURCHASE, N.Y. – Already the most successful softball coach in Valiant softball history, Dale Martin is returning to Manhattanville to re-take the reins of the Valiant softball program for the 2013 season, Director of Athletics Keith Levinthal announced on Monday.
“We are very excited to have Dale returning to lead our softball program,” Levinthal said. “He has a proven record of success both here at Manhattanville and at the Division I level, and he knows how to get the most out of his players. I expect him to make an instant impact with our team and work hard to get us back to the NCAA Tournament.”
Martin is no stranger to Manhattanville, having previously been the head coach of the softball program for six years from 2002-07. He led the program to unprecedented heights during his tenure, posting the four highest single-season win totals at the school and guiding the team to three Skyline Conference Tournament championships and the only four NCAA Tournament appearances in program history. He concluded his run with a 47-game conference winning streak and topped the regular-season standings four times, including each of his final three years.
In six seasons, he registered a 146-75-1 (.658) record to place him atop the school's all-time wins list. Under his watch, Manhattanville produced nine NFCA All-Region selections, four conference Players of the Year and 34 All-Conference honorees, while Martin himself was a three-time honoree as Skyline Conference Coach of the Year.
“First, I'd like to thank Keith for giving my family and I this opportunity to return to Manhattanville College,” Martin said. “I'm extremely excited to be rejoining the Valiant community and rekindling old relationships with alumni, and at the potential that's here with the present softball program. I'm looking forward to working exceptionally hard with the girls to have them become the best that are capable of becoming, and helping to build champions in the classroom, in competition and in life.”
The skipper left Manhattanville for the head coaching position at Division I Fairleigh Dickinson University following the 2007 season, and improved the team's record in all five seasons as head coach of the Knights. He set new single-season win totals in both of his last two seasons with the program, including a record 30-20 mark in 2012, and leaves the school as its all-time winningest coach as well, recording 92 wins in his five years.
Counting his first season as a collegiate head coach at Division II Mercy in 1999, Martin has a career record of 244-241-1 in 12 years as a head coach.
Martin inherits a promising Manhattanville squad that graduated just one senior from last year, when the Valiants posted the most wins by a non-Martin-coached team and secured the top seed in the Freedom Conference with a 20-17 record. The squad was one of the most dangerous in the country offensively, as they ended the year third in Division III in home runs per game with 39 homers in 37 contests.
Martin and the Valiants will begin the 2013 season in early March, as the Valiants travel down to Clermont, Fla., to take part in the NTC Spring Games on March 8-13.