Keri Lemasters, who served for the past two seasons as Assistant Softball Coach at Suffolk, has been named as the University’s Associate Director of Athletics and promoted to the position of Head Softball Coach. Lemasters’s appointment was confirmed by James E. Nelson, Suffolk’s Director of Athletics.
A resident of Beverly, Mass., Lemasters replaces Vicki Schull, who resigned from the University back in the spring, as she will also serve as Suffolk’s Senior Woman Administrator and Assistant Volleyball Coach along with her other duties. Over the past two springs, Lemasters assisted will all aspects of the Ram softball program, including game and practice preparation, recruiting and strength & conditioning.
“Keri brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in several areas to her new roles at Suffolk, and I am pleased to welcome her to our athletic family,” Nelson says of Lemasters. “She will play a large role in the growth and development of our student-athletes both as a coach and as an administrator, and I look forward to her continuing the tradition of success that has been established at Suffolk.”
A 1999 graduate of Michigan State University, Lemasters earned All-America honors with the Spartans in 1996 and was a four-year all-Big Ten Conference and Great Lakes Region performer. Keri set Michigan State single season and career records for hits, doubles, triples, extra base hits and runs scored while starting every game at either second base or shortstop during her time in East Lansing, and she was a member of the United States national team that won the silver medal at Superball ’97 in Columbus, Ga. Lemasters was a member of the gold medal squad at the 1997 USA Softball National Team Festival in Midland, Mich., and she was also a member of the United States National Women’s Baseball team for six years, helping the squad take gold medal accolades at both the World Cup ’04 in Edmonton, Alta. and World Cup ’06 in Taiwan. Voted as the Best Defensive Player in the 2004 event, Lemasters was the starting shortstop in the International World Series of Women’s Baseball in Florida, Australia and Japan and played professionally in the Women’s Professional Fast Pitch League for the Durham (N.C.) Dragons in 1999.
A collegiate camp instructor at both Michigan State and UCLA, Lemasters also served as the lead instructor for two years for the Malden (Mass.) Little League Softball Camp in 2004 and 2005. Her professional experience outside of intercollegiate athletics includes a three-year tenure as a police officer in Raleigh, N.C. and a four-year stint as Grant Administrator at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Lemasters helped guide Suffolk to an overall mark of 47-32 (.595) during her two seasons as Assistant Softball Coach. She will serve as an assistant to Ram volleyball mentor Jim Feeley.