SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Southern Maine Community College’s (SMCC) Ray Magnant was named Yankee Small College Conference (YSCC) Softball Coach of the Year, announced Tuesday, May 9 and voted on by all four YSCC softball coaching staffs.
In his first season at the helm of the Lady SeaWolves’ softball program, Magnant guided the team to a 16-5 overall record, and a 9-1 mark in conference play—this the program’s largest win total since the 2011-12 season.
Among all the successes of this 2017 campaign, SMCC produced a YSCC Player of the Year (Kaylah Abdul), three YSCC All-Conference selections (Kaylah Abdul, Elle Burbank, Kristen Mackenzie), and three United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) All-Americans (Kaylah Abdul, Elle Burbank, and Sarah Guimond).
Magnant reflected on this honor, “It means the world to me! I never thought I would come in my first year to find this level of success and reach the conference championship game. It’s easy to win Coach of the Year when you have a great assistant like Dennis and a tremendous group of young ladies willing to put the time in each and every day—they did all the work, I just push them to be their best!”
After winning the regular season, the Lady SeaWolves concluded their run on Saturday, May 6, falling short in the YSCC title game 7-5 in extra-innings to New Hampshire Technical Institute. Magnant added, “I’m already looking forward to next season. The goal is to get back to the championship game and this time bring it home.”