The 2022-23 campaign marks the second season at WPI for head softball coach Heather Ross.
Ross led Lesley to the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) championship in her first year at the helm in the 2017 season. 2018, the Lynx were named the regular season champions while holding top-10 rankings in six different categories throughout NCAA DIII and naming nine individuals to NFCA all-region, all-conference, academic all-conference teams, including the NECC Rookie of the Year.
The Lynx advanced to the 2019 NECC semifinals while recording the most wins for the program since 2011. Lesley ranked in the top-60 in NCAA DIII in six categories, top-six in five categories, while boasting a student-athlete leading all of NCAA DIII in hits. Ross’ Lynx totaled nine individual accolades spanning across NFCA All-Americans, All-Region, and All-Conference teams, in addition to six NFCA All-American Scholar Athletes.
In 2021, Lesley finished as Runners up as Ross was voted to Coach of the Year. The Lynx topped at 10th in the New England region rankings, finished top-10 in a wide variety of categories and produced the NECC Female Student-Athlete of the Year, NCAA Women of the Year Nominee, and NECC Player of the Year. Lesley posted All-Region, All-Conference individual accolades in addition to multiple no hitters, weekly award winners, NECC Academic All-Conference awards, 12 NFCA All-American Scholar Athletes, and led the athletics department in team GPA (3.63).
Ross served as the Assistant Director of Athletics, Senior Women’s Administrator, and Sports Information Director at Lesley. Heather was a contributing member to the NECC leadership team which involved discussion of conference policies and proposals. Ross developed and kicked-off the Lesley Athletics Virtual Open House Series that led to almost 200 recruits throughout the 2020-2021 academic year. In addition, Ross managed all off-campus facilities for practices/games as point of contact for reservations and other logistical aspects with the local parks and recreation departments or high school athletics directors.
Heather previously served as an assistant softball coach at UMass Lowell and Emmanuel, director of Nor’easters Baseball/Softball and currently stands as owner/director of The Grind Softball Camps, and is involved in player development and the recruiting liaison of Hurricanes Softball.
Ross helped lead the UMass Lowell River Hawks to the NE-10 Tournament Championship, advancing to the NCAA East Region semifinal during her freshman campaign. The appearances to the NE-10 Tournament extended throughout her entire collegiate career, where she excelled in the classroom to earn the conference commissioner’s honor roll for four consecutive semesters. Ross graduated leaving a top-10 mark in games played, doubles, home runs, total bases, and tied the single season win record with her 2011 crew. Heather concluded her student-athlete career in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and in 2013 with a master’s degree in social and economic development.