Why Women’s Softball at NHTI?
The NHTI Softball team has enjoyed tremendous success the last six seasons. They have appeared at the USCAA Small College World Series in 2014 (first time in school history), 2015 (4th place), 2016 (3rd place), and 2018 (4th place). The Lynx were 2018-19 YSCC champions and after losing the 19-20 season due to COVID-19 the team is ready to get back out there and compete.
Kerry Finnigan, Head Coach
Kerry Finnigan enters his tenth season at NHTI as the head coach of the softball team as he continues to keep the Lynx a top program in the YSCC and USCAA.
In his tenure with the Lynx Coach Finnigan has won three YSCC Championships (2017, 2018, 2019) while also making USCAA Tournament appearances in (2014, 2015, 2016, & 2018). In 2018 Coach Finnigan was also named the USCAA Coach of the Year.
Finnigan is a graduate of UNH (1978) and is an avid sports fan. He started as an assistant coach at St. Anselm’s College, Finnigan also coached at Central High School and helped to start the youth softball program in his hometown of Manchester. He has an extensive background working with youth and young adults in a variety of settings including his full-time position working as a youth counselor at the Sununu Youth Services Center.
With more than 25 years of softball and basketball coaching experience at all grade levels, Coach Finnigan has a proven ability to communicate with all ages and backgrounds and his leadership has helped to continue the long tradition of success in softball at NHTI over the history of the Lynx program.
Wake Stillman, Assistant Coach
Wake Stillman is a graduate of the Illinois School of Business. He coached high school softball from 1988 to 2016, won three state titles, and was inducted into the Goffstown High School Hall of Fame. Coach Stillman brings a depth of knowledge and an ability to relate and build a team.
Tori Lemay, Assistant Coach
Tori Lemay returns to the NHTI softball coaching staff for her third season and will primarily be working with pitchers and catchers. She graduated from NHTI in 2016 with an associate’s degree in Dental Hygiene. Tori was the team’s pitcher from 2014-2016, and returned in 2018 to make a total of four USCAA National Championship appearances. Her accolades include USCAA All-Academic in 2014 and 2015, Second Team All-American in 2014 and First Team All-American in 2015, 2016 and 2018. Tori currently holds a record for the most strikeouts in a game (16) at the 2014 USCAA National Tournament in Akron, OH. Tori has loved the transition from player to coach and is looking forward to another successful season with the Lynx.
Kate Andritz, Assistant Coach
Kate Andritz graduated from NHTI in 2017 with an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice. She was a part of the softball team from 2015-2017 and made two appearances at the USCAA Small College World Series in Akron, Ohio. During her time on the team, she primarily played shortstop and third. In 2015 she earned the Rookie of the Year award and in 2016 received the Defensive Player Award in the YSCC tournament. Kate currently works for SNHU and will be finishing her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, this December, from SNHU. She is excited to be back to help coach her first season with the girls and have fun!
Michael Martineau, Student Manager
Michael Martineau is in 8th season as student manager. His duties include assists with equipment needs during practice and games. During home games, he’s responsible for the scoreboard, scorebook, and computer stats with assistance from the bench players. He was awarded the NHTI Freshman Service Award in 2013-2014 school year. He also is the student manager for the 2020 USCAA National Champion men’s basketball team.
Martineau attended Manchester Central High School where he played JV basketball under Coach Finnigan. In high school, he was the boys’ varsity basketball manager all four years and also served one year as the girls’ varsity tennis manager, while also being a varsity cheerleader in his senior year. After he graduated, he stayed on as an assistant coach and won 2 state championships in 2014 and 2016.
Michael has been a part of the NHTI Athletics department in multiple vital roles since starting attending school in 2013 while studying Sport Management and General Studies.
NHTI Softball Roster
NHTI Fall Softball Schedule
|September 11||vs Central Maine CC (Double Header)|
|September 12||@ CCRI (Double Header)|
|September 15||@ Great Bay CC|
|September 18||@ Central Maine CC (Double Header)|
|September 19||vs CCRI (Double Header)|
|September 25||vs Southern Maine CC (Double Header)|
|September 29||vs Great Bay CC|
|October 3||vs York County CC (Double Header)|
|October 10||YSCC Fall Tournament @ Central Maine CC|
NNESCC/YSCC Champions: 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019
NECA Champions: 2011, 2013, 2015
USCAA Appearances: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019