By Andrew Longeteig
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. – Great Bay Community College’s new softball program didn’t have to look far to find its first assistant coach.
Paige Cormier, former Spaulding High School pitching standout and four-time letterwinner at St. Anselm College, has joined head coach Mike Vining’s staff.
“We’re very pleased to have Paige join the Great Bay softball coaching staff,” Vining said. “Paige is one of the top pitchers to come out of the Seacoast, and she has coached summer travel softball. We’re looking forward to her bringing her experience to our program.”
Cormier also is familiar with Vining. She worked with him as a part-time assistant coach for the last three years at Portsmouth Christian Academy in Dover, N.H., where she helped the team prepare for a deep playoff run each year.
At St. Anselm, she finished with a 31-22 overall record, including a team-best 2.42 ERA as a sophomore. As a senior, she won eight games, which ranked among the top 12 pitchers in the Northeast-10 Conference that season.
Cormier earned four varsity letters and was a two-year captain at Spaulding High in Rochester, N.H., under coach Sheila Colson. A three-time first-team all-state selection, she also was recognized as the Division I Player of the Year by New Hampshire high school softball coaches along with the Fosters Daily Democrat “Dream Team Player of the Year.”
The Herons begin their inaugural season this fall and will compete in the Yankee Small College Conference, which already includes softball teams from Southern Maine CC, Central Maine CC, College of St. Joseph (Vermont) and NHTI.
Cormier earned her bachelor’s degree in English and communication from St. Anselm in 2015.
Learn more about the Great Bay CC softball program.