Entering her third season at the helm in 2016-17, head coach Shannon Doepking is looking to create a dynasty for the Dartmouth softball team.
In her second season in Hanover. Doepking led her team to a second place finish in the Ivy League's North Division behind one of the conference's most powerful offenses. Senior Katie McEachern won Player of the Year honors for the second consecutive season. McEachern left a mark on the program rising to the top of the school's all-time list in home runs (40), RBIs, (129), runs (128) and hits (203). She also finished with a career batting average of .380 for the best career average by any player in program history. Under Doepking, six players earned All-Ivy honors as the Big Green finished the season with a 15-5 mark in conference play.
In her first season with the Big Green, Doepking brought the team back to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season and their third consecutive Ivy League Championship Series. Led by league Player of the Year junior Katie McEachern and senior Kristen Rumley, the Big Green finished the season with a 25-18 record and won 16 of 20 games in Ivy League play. The Big Green defeated Penn en route to the NCAA Tournament where they faced Florida State and South Carolina at the Tallahassee Regional. McEachern finished the season with a .447 bating average with 10 home runs and 29 runs batted in. Rumley became the first Ivy League Pitcher to win the Pitcher of the Year crown three straight seasons. The duo was also named to the NSCAA Northeast All-Region Second Team. Dopeking was named the Ivy League Coach of the Year, which also included five All-Ivy selections.
Molly Fichtner, a former All-SEC and CoSIDA Academic All-American was named an assistant coach of the two-time Ivy League champion Dartmouth softball team in 2015.
Fichtner is a 2014 graduate of Alabama and Houston, Texas, native who started her collegiate career at UT-San Antonio before transferring to Tuscaloosa for her final two seasons. At Alabama, Fichtner appeared in 102 games, starting 88. As a senior, she was named Second Team All-SEC after leading the Crimson Tide with a .391 average in conference play, knocking in 27 hits, seven doubles and 16 RBI. She threw out a conference-leading seven would-be base stealers and suffered just two errors in 125 chances with no passed balls behind the dish for a .984 fielding percentage in SEC play. As a senior, Fichtner and the Crimson reached the Women's College World Series, but fell to the Florida Gators.
At UTSA, Fichtner was a two-time All-Southland Conference player, the 2011 Southland Freshman of the Year and the 2012 Southland's Student-Athlete of the Year.