Grace College is pleased to announce Sarah Harman as the next head coach for the Lady Lancers’ softball program.
Harman comes to Grace with a wealth of coaching experience, including stints at three NCAA Division I programs and 16 years of coaching overall.
Most recently, Harman was the head coach at Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) in Waxahachie, Texas.
“I would like to thank Dr. Katip, Chad Briscoe and the search committee for the opportunity to lead the Grace College softball program and join the Winona Lake community,” Harman said. “There is a rich tradition with this program, and I’m excited to continue building on that momentum. I look forward to providing our student-athletes with a Christ-centered, positive academic and athletic experience they will cherish for the rest of their lives.”
Harman helped transform SAGU in just three years. Prior to her arrival, the Lions averaged eight wins per season. Harman improved the win total in each of her three seasons, culminating with a 30-win season in 2018 in the ultra-competitive Sooner Athletic Conference.
Before taking the helm at SAGU, Harman served as the head coach at Marion Military Institute for a year.
As an assistant, Harman served at three NCAA Division I programs: Dayton (2009-14), Norfolk State (2005-07) and Ball State (2003-05) as a graduate assistant. Additionally she served as an assistant coach at NCAA DII West Texas A&M from 2007-09.
“We are very much looking forward to Sarah leading our softball program. She has a heart for impacting lives for Christ through softball, and her coaching philosophy aligns well with the Grace College mission,” said Grace Director of Athletics Chad Briscoe. “Sarah’s extensive background of coaching at all levels will have an immediate impact. Our program is eager for her arrival in Winona Lake.”
Harman was an accomplished two-sport player at Defiance College. She earned All-American status in both softball and volleyball and was inducted into Defiance’s Hall of Fame in 2013. As a softball pitcher, she holds career records at Defiance for strikeouts, innings pitched and games started.
She is an advocate of academic success as well for her student-athletes. Harman, herself a Dean’s List student at Defiance, led SAGU to a 3.71 team GPA in the fall of 2017.
Harman, a native of Port Clinton, Ohio, obtained a Master’s degree from Ball State in 2005 in physical education, following her graduation from Defiance in 2003.
Clarissa May (Knight)
One of the best players in Grace's softball history is returning to the Lady Lancers' coaching staff for her second season in 2018-19.
Clarissa May (Knight) graduated in 2017 as a decorated All-American infielder. She finished her stellar four-year career as the program's all-time hits leader, racking up 275 hits from 2014-17.
"This opportunity is a dream come true for me," May said. "The first time I helped run a softball camp, I knew the Lord had placed a special calling in my heart to coach. And now I get to be a part of a coaching staff that has shaped and molded me throughout my career. I am honored to have the chance to give back to a program and school that has given me so much. Once a Lady Lancer, always a Lady Lancer."
May wrapped up her career No. 1 in doubles (39), No. 2 in triples (16), No. 3 in home runs (8) and No. 4 in stolen bases (53).
She helped Grace to two trips to the NCCAA National Championships during her career, including a fourth-place showing in 2014. Overall, Grace won 115 games over her four years, averaging 28 victories per season.
Bri Flanegan is set to begin her seventh season assisting Grace College's softball program in 2018-19.
Flanegan has helped lead multiple international trips centered around softball ministry, including a trip to Ukraine in 2016 with Sport Reach Ministry and a trip with the Lady Lancers to Belize.
Flanegan was a four-year player for the Lady Lancers until her graduation in 2010.
She increased her production nearly every season in Grace's program, culminating with 28 hits and a team-best three home runs as a senior in 2010.
Outside of the athletic realm, Flanegan was also a two-time NAIA Scholar-Athlete.
Morgan Cody is joining the Lady Lancers' staff for her second year in the 2018-19 season.
Cody was a four-year varsity player for Grace. Her strong bat bolstered Grace's lineup from 2013-16. In 2013 she hammered out four home runs and 13 RBIs, scoring 12 runs in the process.
Cody currently works at Grace, helping to maintain the grounds of campus and the athletic fields.