Aug. 23, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Army head softball coach Michelle DePolo announced the hiring of Nicole Callahan as an assistant coach on her staff this week. Callahan arrives at West Point after closing out her collegiate career at Fordham this past spring where she ranked among the school's career leaders.
"We have found a great fit in Nicole to round out our coaching staff this year," said DePolo, who enters her fourth year at the helm in 2012-13. "Fresh off the heels of a stellar playing career, she has competed with and against the best talent in the country.
"The epitome of a team player, she brings a wealth of experience in a variety of positions on the field, as well as roles within a team. She is a great leader who by example conveys an everyday attitude and work ethic that parallels the mission of the Academy.
"We are excited that she has decided to start her career at Army," added DePolo, "and we look forward to seeing her contributions come to light."
At Fordham, Callahan wrote her name into the record book after piecing together a 17-game hitting streak this past spring, along with ranking among the top 10 all-time chart with a .302 batting average. She closed out her senior year ranked 37th hardest to strike out and was also among the 2012 NCAA statistical leaders in doubles per game (0.22).
Recruited as a middle infielder, Callahan drew duty as a catcher her sophomore year, played in the outfield as a junior and second base her senior year. The four-year letterwinner was a member of the Rams squad that made back to back appearances at the NCAA Division I regionals in 2010 and 2011, the former the first-ever in school history when Fordham received an at-large bid after finishing runner-up in the Atlantic-10 tournament.
Callahan played a pivotal role in 2011 leading Fordham to both the Atlantic-10 regular-season and tournament titles to earn the automatic NCAA bid. The infielder topped the Rams with a .358 batting average, drove in 20 runs and scored 22 times in earning her selection to the NFCA All-Mid Atlantic Region second team.
As a three-year starter, Callahan helped the Rams compile a 123-57 (.683) mark closing out a highly successful career where she drew starts in 148 of 166 games collecting 149 hits, driving in 59 runs and scoring 51 times batting .302 over her four-year career. Callahan graduated in May with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology.
The native of New Jersey enjoyed a standout prep career at Freehold Township where she was voted the school's female athlete of the year in 2008. Callahan was a four-time recipient of the Gold Glove Award, a two-time team MVP and an All-Shore and All-Freehold Regional District performer. The three-time team captain holds school marks for doubles (22), triples (9), walks (45), on base percentage (.505) and slugging percentage (.567).