Jen Lane - Head Softball Coach
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Jen Lane will be in her 15th season at the helm of the Wesleyan softball program in 2016. Also a former assistant with the Wesleyan field hockey team, Lane is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Physical Education at Wesleyan.
Lane 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, Lane 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. For her team’s success in 2008, Lane received her first NESCAC honor as Co-Softball Coach of the Year.
During the summer, Lane travels throughout New England, as well as to tournaments in Pennsylvania and Colorado, to assess high-school talent. She is the director of the Cardinal Softball School at Wesleyan, and also instructs at other softball and field hockey camps in Connecticut. Since 2005, she has been involved with training for Middletown Little League Softball. She has run clinics for both players and coaches, and she has also gotten the Wesleyan players involved in the youth program, serving as volunteer coaches during the various teams’ practices. Lane 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. She 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 Lane has served on that committee, as her first term was from 2006-08.
Before coming to Wesleyan in the summer of 2001, Lane 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 Amherst softball team before moving into a co-head coach position in 2000 and 2001. She was an assistant with the field hockey program at Amherst for two years as well, including the 1999 season when the Purple and White finished as the NCAA Division III national runners-up. During her undergraduate years at Amherst, Lane captained both the softball (1997,1998) and field hockey (1997) teams. As a pitcher, she helped lead the Purple and White to a No. 16 finish in the country her senior year, and was named to the New England Regional All-Tournament Team. A sweeper in field hockey, Lane 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 and softball) varsity standout at Smith Academy. She 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 third year on the Wesleyan staff, having served as the Cardinals’ goaltending coach in field hockey both years as a department intern. She added assistant coaching in softball in 2015 to her duties. A 2013 Wesleyan graduate, Redding was a two-sport standout athlete for the Cardinals, serving as a team captain in both field hockey and softball. She played all but 35 minutes in net over her four seasons as a Cardinal field-hockey stalwart. With nearly 4,280 minutes of work, Redding, who was an NFHCA All-American in 2010 and a First Team All-NESCAC as well, posted a career 1.55 goals against average and a .812 save percentage.
During the summer of 2011, Redding 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, Redding 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, Redding hit .293 and currently ranks seventh on the all-time Cardinal hit list with 136.
In addition to her duties in the athletic department, Redding is pursuing her MALS degree at Wesleyan.