Jen Lane - Head Softball Coach
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Jen Lane will be in her 14th season at the helm of the Wesleyan softball program in 2015. 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 behind a 24-12 overall record. 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 that 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.
Tori Redding - Assistant Coach
Tori Redding is in her second year on the Wesleyan staff, having served as the Cardinals’ goaltending coach in field hockey both years as a department intern. She has added assistant coaching in softball in 2015 to her duties. A 2013 Wesleyan graduate, Tori was a two-sport standout athlete for the Cardinals, serving as a team captain in both field hockey and softball. Tori played all but 35 minutes in net over her four seasons as a Cardinal field-hockey stalwart. With nearly 4,280 minutes of work, Tori, who was an NFHCA All-American in 2010 and a first-team all-NESCAC pick that year as well, posted a career 1.55 goals against average and a .812 save percentage.
During the summer of 2011, Tori made the US High Performance team as part of the USFH developmental program and was under consideration for the US Olympic squad. Tori also was a second-team all-New England West selection and a participant in the 2012 NFHCA senior all-star game.
A four-year starter in the outfield for the softball team, Tori was part of both school-record setting Cardinal squads that posted 24 victories (2010, 2013), and the NESCAC Champion squad of 2010. She started all 43 games that season and hit .329. Starting a remarkable 144 consecutive games during her career, Tori hit .293 and currrently ranks seventh on the all-time Cardinal hit list with 136.
Her knowledge of both field hockey and softball is a valuable addition to the Cardinal coaching staff.
In addition to her duties in the athletic department, Tori is pursuing her MALS degree at Wesleyan.