Jen Lane - Head Softball Coach
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Jen Lane will be in her 13th season at the helm of the Wesleyan softball program in 2014. Also a former assistant with the Wesleyan field hockey team, Jen is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Physical Education at Wesleyan.
Jen led the Cardinals' softball team to a school-record 24 victories in 2010 after back-to-back 21-win seasons in 2007 and 2008 and back-to-back NESCAC West titles in 2008 and 2009. The Cardinals captured their first overall NESCAC crown and automatic berth in the NCAA tournament in 2010. For that effort, Jen was named NESCAC Coach of the Year. During the 2008 season, the Cardinals won the NESCAC West title for the first time and earned the right to host the NESCAC championship where they finished as runners-up. Wesleyan repeated the effort in 2009 and finished second to Tufts once again. The Cardinals also won their first Little Three title in 2008 and repeated that performance in 2013 along with another NESCAC tournament berth. School records have been falling consistently each year under Jen's tutelage. For her team’s success in 2008, Jen received her first NESCAC honor as Co-Softball Coach of the Year.
During the summer, Jen travels throughout New England, as well as to tournaments in Pennsylvania and Colorado, to assess high-school talent. Jen is the director of the Cardinal Softball School at Wesleyan and also instructs at other softball and field hockey camps in Connecticut. Since 2005, Jen has been involved with training for Middletown Little League Softball. She has run clinics for both players and coaches. She has also gotten the Wesleyan players involved in the youth program as well, serving as volunteer coaches during the various teams’ practices. Jen attends the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s annual convention and has achieved the level of 2-star Master Coach through the National Fastpitch Coaches College. Jen is the treasurer of the New England Intercollegiate Softball Coaches Association (NEISCA) and serves on various committees for that organization. She is also a member of the NCAA Division III New England Region Softball Committee. This is the second time she has served on the committee, as her first term was from 2006-08.
Before coming to Wesleyan in the summer of 2001, Jen coached at her alma mater, NESCAC and Little Three rival Amherst College, while earning her Master's degree in exercise and sports studies at Smith College. In 1999, she was an assistant with the Lord Jeffs' softball team before moving into a co-head coach position for 2000 and 2001. She was an assistant with the field hockey program at Amherst as well for two years, including the 1999 season when the Lord Jeffs were the NCAA Division III national runners-up. During her undergraduate years at Amherst, Jen captained both the softball (1997 & 1998) and field hockey (1997) teams. As a pitcher, Jen helped lead the Lord Jeffs to a #16 finish in the country her senior year and was named to the New England Regional All-Tournament Team. A sweeper in field hockey, Jen played in the Division III North-South All-Star game in 1997.
Originally from Hatfield, Mass., Jen was a four-year, three-sport (field hockey, basketball & softball) varsity standout at Smith Academy.
Jen is married to Jimmy Lane, Jr. They have four children: Julia, Andrew and twins William and Olivia.
Meghan Carta - Assistant Coach
Meghan Carta joins the Cardinals coaching staff as a first-time assistant coach in 2014. Meghan is a native of Middletown and a 2007 graduate of Mercy High School where she was a four-year letterwinner and team captain for two seasons. She recorded a three-run home run in the Class LL State Title game in her junior season, leading her team to its first state championship in 10 years and garnering MVP honors.
Meghan went on to play at UMass Amherst for Hall of Fame Coach Elaine Sortino, and graduated with a B.S. in Sport Management in 2011. During her UMass softball career, Meghan helped her team win three Atlantic-10 titles and secure three NCAA Tournament appearances. She was elected to the Atlantic-10 all-conference team and the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I all-area team.
Meghan is currently studying at Western New England University School of Law and will graduate with her Juris Doctor degree this May.