|Years at Brown:||5th Season|
Since head coach Pam McCreech took the reigns five seasons ago the Bears have made steady improvement and has been a force in the Ancient Eight. Last year with a short bench and key players going down with injuries, McCreesh and the Bears finished fifth in the Ivy League with a 6-8 record and went 14-18-1 overall. In the 2004 season, McCreesh saw her team rocket from the middle of the Ivy standings in 2003 to the top of the Ivies, sharing the 2004 Ivy Title with Cornell. The Bears posted a 10-4 Ivy League record and improved their home record from 6-4 in 2003 to 11-4 last season. McCreesh inherited a last place program when she first came to Brown in 2002. Since then the Bears have gone 49-65 and have had 11 All-Ivy selections, including the Ivy Pitcher and Rookie of the Year in 2004. McCreesh served as the head softball coach at Utah State University for four years prior to coming to Brown, where she managed all aspects of the Division I program. In four years at Utah State, McCreesh coached four All-West region players, seven All-Big West Conference players, a Big West Conference Player of the Year, and nine Academic All-Big West players. Before becoming the head coach at Utah State, the South Plainfield, New Jersey native worked as an assistant coach at Rutgers University for one season in 1997, when the Scarlet Knights captured its Big East Tournament berth for the first and only time in school history. McCreesh also worked as an assistant at Utah State for two seasons and Trenton State for three seasons. While at Trenton State, the Lions won the 1992 National Championship. McCreesh also served and continues to serve as a clinician at top programs across the nation. A 1989 graduate of Trenton State College with a bachelor's degree in education, McCreesh was a four-year starter and team captain as a senior. During her four-year tenure, the Lions won two National Championships. She was a three-time All-American at Trenton State and was named the NCAA Division III Player of the Year in 1988. In 1989, McCreesh was named the New Jersey College Female Athlete of the Year. McCreesh later returned to Trenton State where she conducted graduate work, earning a master's degree in education in 1992. Upon graduation, McCreesh played women's major fast pitch softball for four years with the Budweiser Belles and the Majestics, making it to the National Championship all four years. In the winter of 2004, McCreesh, along with her 1987 National Championship team, was the first ever softball team inducted into the Hall of Fame at The College of New Jersey (Trenton State College). In 2005 McCreesh was inducted into the The College of New Jersey's School Hall of Fame for her part in the 1987 National Championship.