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Monday, August 19, 2013

Legendary Coach Elaine Sortino Passes Away

The news broke yesterday evening that legendary University of Massachusetts head softball coach Elaine Sortino passed away after a battle with cancer. Coach Sortino's fight spanned close to two years.

Coach Sortino led her team to twenty-three conference titles, as well as three Women's College World Series appearances in her thirty-four years at the helm of the Minutewomen program. She is a member of the National Fastpitch & Oneonta State halls of fame, and her legacy was cemented in 2012 when the UMass softball complex was renamed Elaine Sortino Field.

This article by Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette really puts into perspective the ginormous impact that Coach Sortino had on the game of softball. Following the news of her passing, the memorials and messages of sadness poured in across the Twitter world. Just a small sampling of them are below.

Rest in peace, Coach Sortino. Your impact on the game we all love will not be forgotten, and your legacy will live on through the innumerable lives you impacted and inspired.
























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