Aug. 24, 2012
From Colgate Athletic Communications
HAMILTON, N.Y. - Interim Director of Athletics Vicky Chun has announced the hiring of Melissa Finley as the new head softball coach at Colgate.
Finley comes to Hamilton after spending the previous four seasons as an assistant coach at Penn. While with the Quakers, she was the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. Penn won the 2012 Ivy League South Division title in 2012 as her first recruiting class led the way for the Quakers. Finley led the on-field practice planning and instruction for outfield, hitting and pitching and also was the director of the team's softball camps.
“We are thrilled to have Melissa Finley join our staff as head softball coach,” said Chun. “She brings a tremendous wealth of experience as an extremely decorated student-athlete at Princeton, and as a successful assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania. Her experience as a high level student-athlete both academically and athletically are a great fit for our institution, and we are looking forward to having her lead our program to great heights."
Prior to her coaching career, the London, Ont., native was a four-year starter in the circle and also in centerfield for Princeton. She had a career record of 22-18 and batted .334 in her four seasons.
She led the Tigers to three NCAA Regional Tournament appearances by winning three Ivy League championships (2002, 2003, 2005). She was the Ivy League Player of the Year in 2003 and an All-Ivy selection all four years. Finley holds Princeton's all-time and single-season records for home runs and is third all-time on the list for RBIs.
During her time at Princeton, she was a member of the Canadian National Softball Team and played in the Pan Am Games in 2003, the Canada Cup (2003, 2044), the U.S. Cup in 2003 and the International Sports Invitational in 2005.
She graduated from Princeton in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in economics. Finley also earned her certificate in marketing at the Wharton School of Business at Penn in 2010 and got her Master's in ogranizational dynamics from Penn in 2011.