BELMONT, N.C. -- Erin Clary, who has achieved success at every step of her softball career, has been named Head Softball Coach at Belmont Abbey, Director of Athletics Stephen Miss announced today. She will begin her duties on Monday, July 30. Clary takes the lead of the Crusader program after four years at Millsaps College, a Division III program in Jackson, Miss.
"After conducting an extensive, national search - which produced one of the deepest applicant pools we've been blessed with to date - Erin Clary emerged as the strongest candidate to lead Belmont Abbey College's Softball program," Miss said. "Coach Clary's focus throughout the interview process on the importance of establishing, building, and vigilantly enhancing culture within the Softball program and in conjunction with the College's mission and vision, emphasizing a balanced approach to the formation and development of the whole person - Body, Mind, and Soul - impressed and resonated with us."
Clary holds an 85-68 overall record in her career, including helping the Majors to a 26-15 mark and Southern Athletic Association championship game appearance in 2017. She spent two years as head coach at Harford Community College in Maryland, where the Owls won their first-ever MD-JUCO conference title with a 29-11 record in 2014. Clary also served as president of the Maryland Junior College Coaches Association.
Prior to Harford CC, Clary was an assistant softball coach at Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania. She helped lead her team to their most wins since 2008 and third-most in school history with 25.
"I would like to thank Abbot Placid, Dr. Thierfelder, and Stephen Miss for this incredible opportunity," Clary said. "I am extremely excited to be a part of Belmont Abbey and to continue to develop the mission and values of the college within the softball program. I look forward to getting on campus and beginning my work with the student-athletes on and off of the field."
As a player, Clary enjoyed a stellar career at Lock Haven. She played in 157 games overall with 132 starts, posting a career average of .309. Her teams made two NCAA Regional appearances, winning the 2009 National Championship with a 51-6 record. She earned All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference honors as a junior and was a three-time team captain. Statistically, Clary had five career home runs and 41 runs batted in as a shortstop.
Clary earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Lock Haven in 2012.