Hartquist promoted to head softball coach at Hamilton

Stephanie Hartquist moves from assistant coach to head coach of the Hamilton College Continentals' softball program.
Stephanie Hartquist moves from assistant coach to head coach of the Hamilton College Continentals' softball program.

Stephanie Hartquist, the assistant softball coach at Hamilton College since October 2016, has been named the program's head coach.

Hartquist replaces Kate Refsnyder, who left after one season to take over the softball program at Division I Brown University. Hartquist is the 10th head coach in Hamilton softball history.

"Getting to know Hamilton and the softball team for the past two years has made accepting this position so much more meaningful than simply fulfilling a long-time career goal," Hartquist said. "I want to thank Director of Athletics Jon Hind and Associate Director of Athletics Miriam Merrill for showing confidence in my abilities and giving me the opportunity to harness this program's tremendous potential. I consider myself very lucky to be in a place that feels like home, leading a group of women that feel like family."

In 2018 Hartquist helped lead the Continentals to a win against nationally ranked NESCAC West Division rival Williams College. She coached an all-conference team selection in 2017 when Hamilton set program records for most runs, hits and doubles in a season.

"We're excited to have Stephanie step up to lead our softball program," Director of Athletics Jon Hind '80 said. "Her experiences as a student-athlete and as a coach at Colgate, Cornell and, most recently, Hamilton have prepared her well to direct our softball team. She has a keen understanding of the necessary balance our student-athletes need in order to be highly successful."

Hartquist was an assistant coach at Cornell University from 2014 to 2016 and was an assistant on the staff at SUNY Cortland in 2013. She helped lead Cortland to a 35-17 record, the SUNYAC tournament championship and a runner-up finish at the 2013 NCAA Division III Softball Championship. Hartquist and the rest of the staff were selected the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Northeast Region Coaching Staff of the Year.

Hartquist was a four-year starter at third base for Colgate University from 2009 to 2012. The Raiders made four Patriot League Tournament appearances during her career and posted a 16-3 league record in 2011. Hartquist was a four-time all-league selection, including the first team in 2010 and 2012, and posted a career .314 batting average. In 2010 she made the NFCA all-region first team in the Northeast Region after a career year. Hartquist led the team with a .392 batting average and finished two hits shy of tying the school record for most in a season with 62. She added 14 doubles, 39 runs batted in and 39 runs scored, all of which were top-six performances on the program's single-season charts. She boasted a 24-game hit streak and was among the Division I leaders in sacrifice flies and toughest to strike out.

The Homer, N.Y., native was a nine-time varsity letter winner in softball and basketball at Homer High School. Hartquist was an all-state first team honoree at shortstop as a senior in 2008 when the team finished with a 21-3 record.

Hartquist received a bachelor's degree in educational studies with a minor in sociology and anthropology. Her master's degree from Cortland is in sports management.