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Lisa Sweeney
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Lehigh
Graduating Year: 2009

Lisa Sweeney, a four-time Patriot League Pitcher of the Year at Lehigh and a New Jersey native, was named as Princeton's head softball coach on June 12, 2012.

In her first season, Sweeney became the winningest first-year coach in Princeton softball history, finishing at 27-19 and with the best record since the Tigers went 34-19 in 2006. Princeton's 12-8 Ivy League record in Sweeney's first year was the program's best since 2008, when the team went 18-2.

Through two seasons, Sweeney has a record of 44-45, already the fourth-winningest coach in program history.

Sweeney, a 2009 Lehigh graduate, coached as a volunteer assistant at Lehigh in 2010 and was an assistant coach at Penn in 2011 and 2012.

When she finished her playing career at Lehigh, Sweeney's name was listed more than a hundred times throughout the Patriot League record book, from being the only player in Patriot League history to win four Pitcher of the Year awards - as well as the 2008 Player of the Year award - to being a third-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honoree in 2008. No one in Patriot League history had won (104), shut out (31), pitched in (141), started (112), or finished (91) more games than Sweeney. She completed her career with the Patriot League record for strikeouts in a career (928) as well as the top three single-season totals.

Three of Sweeney's four seasons represented the top three single-season win totals in Patriot League history, and she also twice led the league in saves in a season. Her four no-hitters, including ones thrown against Harvard and Penn, both in 2007, were a Patriot League record. Among those is a perfect game, thrown against Army as a freshman in the 2006 Patriot League Tournament.

Sweeney had a record of 94-28 as a pitcher at Lehigh, while the Mountain Hawks won 155 games over her four seasons. Sweeney pitched in three NCAA regionals, and Lehigh won at least one game in each, twice winning two.

In the 2012 season, her second as an assistant coach at Penn, Sweeney worked with unanimous first-team All-Ivy League selection Alexis Borden as the Quakers won the Ivy South division. Since coming to Princeton, Sweeney's players have earned eight All-Ivy League honors over her two seasons.

Sweeney has provided softball instruction outside of college athletics as well, co-founding Sweeney Softball in her home area of Lumberton, N.J., where she helped develop the careers of young players in her area.

Prior to Lehigh, Sweeney pitched for Rancocas Valley Regional High School, where she threw a no-hitter in the 2005 NJSIAA Group IV championship game to cap a 31-2 senior season in which she posted a 0.15 ERA. She was a two-time Courier-Post South Jersey Player of the Year.

While pursuing her bachelor's degree in history at Lehigh, Sweeney student taught at schools both near Lehigh and in her home area. She completed a master's degree at Lehigh in secondary social studies education in 2010.

 Year  School  Overall  Conference Postseason
 2006  Lehigh (Player)  43-14  19-1  NCAA Regional
 2007  Lehigh (Player)  35-18-1  17-1  NCAA Regional
 2008  Lehigh (Player)  39-17-1  14-6  NCAA Regional
 2009  Lehigh (Player)  38-18-1  17-3  NCAA Regional
 2010  Lehigh (Vol. Asst.)  31-19  14-6  
   Total at Lehigh  186-86-3  81-17/3 Patriot League Championships  3 NCAA Regionals
 2011  Penn (Asst. Coach)  18-21-1  9-10/2nd Ivy South  
 2012  Penn (Asst. Coach)  33-17  15-5/1st Ivy South  
   Total at Penn  51-38-1  24-15  
 2013  Princeton  27-19  12-8/2nd Ivy South  
 2014  Princeton  17-26  9-11/T-2nd Ivy South  
   Total at Princeton  44-45  21-19  

Lehigh University, Bachelor of History, 2009
Lehigh University, Master of Education in Secondary Social Studies, 2010

Playing Experience
Lehigh University, 2006-09

Four-time first-team All-Patriot League player
Four-time Patriot League Pitcher of the Year
2008 Patriot League Player of the Year
2006, 2008 & 2009 Patriot League Tournament MVP
2008 Academic All-America
2009 Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Coaching Experience
Princeton University, Head Coach (2013-present)
University of Pennsylvania, Assistant Coach (2011-12)
Lehigh University, Volunteer Assistant Coach (2010)

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