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The Niagara Softball Field is the on-campus home to the Niagara softball program. The Purple Eagles have posted a winning record of .500% or better at home in seven of the team's last eight seasons. Beginning with the 2006 season, the Purple Eagles are 58-38 (.604) at the Niagara Softball Field.
Larry Puzan will begin his 17th season as an assistant coach at Niagara. Since joining the staff in 1996, Puzan has helped several pitchers earn All-MAAC selections, with Brooke Viola earning a nod in 2008 and Julie DiMatteo in 2010.
Puzan mentored one of the best pitchers in Niagara softball history in Joni Sontrop. Sontrop was a first-team All-MAAC and MAAC All-Tournament selection. Sontrop led the Purple Eagles into the NCAA Tournament with a 10-7 record and a 1.27 ERA.
As a softball player, Puzan has pitched for men’s fastpitch teams throughout Western New York for over 25 years. He has competed regularly in national competitions, including a third-place finish in the 2001 American Softball Association National Tournament. Puzan pitched himself to a 5-0 record, as well as a 7-2 overall team record. Just two years later, Puzan and his team finished second.
As a youth recreation director, Puzan developed several local pitchers, including 2001 Police Athletic League Female Athlete of the Year Krissy Mamon. Mamon went on to RIT, where she established 17 records. Puzan continues to work with local youth as a pitching instructor. Puzan is currently the athletics director and girls’ basketball coach at Niagara Catholic High School.
Felicia (Coffey) Kinney will return to Monteagle Ridge for her second season as an assistant coach, following a successful softball career at Niagara University.
While at Niagara, Kinney was named the 2008 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Co-Player of The Year and to the All-MAAC First Team in 2008 and 2009. Kinney rounded out a great 2008 season by earning a spot on the NFCA Louisville Slugger All-Regional Second Team and the ECAC All-Stars Second Team.
The Mesa, Ariz. native still holds three Single-Season records for Niagara, including hits (69), at-bats (172) and runs (42). She graduated from Niagara in 2009, with a bachelors degree in business management.
Joel Patterson returns to Monteagle Ridge for his third season as a volunteer assistant coach for the Niagara softball team. Patterson will assist with the defensive and fielding schemes.
In his first season as an assistant in 2011, Niagara went 18-22 and three Purple Eagles were placed on an all-MAAC team, including the MAAC Player of the Year Teresa Healy. Since that time, 19 student-athletes have been selected to the MAAC all-academic team.
Patterson has coached travel and gold level softball in the Western New York area for over a decade. A native of Brunswick, Maine, Patterson is currently an Associate Professor of Cardiology and the Director of Clinical Education at Daemen College in Buffalo, N.Y.