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    Sharon Drysdale
    Sharon Drysdale

    Position:
    Head Coach



    Sharon Drysdale enters her 23rd year as Northwestern?s head softball coach. Since 1982, when Northwestern began NCAA rather than AIAW softball, Drysdale?s Wildcat teams have captured five league titles and compiled a 259-183 (.586) mark against Big Ten opponents.

    Named the Big Ten Coach of the Year three times (1984, ?87, and ?95), Drysdale has reached personal milestones in the latter half of the 1990s. She recorded her 500th victory as NU?s head coach on April 10, 1996 with a 4-0 victory over Loyola-Chicago and tallied her 600th career win with a 4-3 decision over Santa Clara on March 7, 1998.

    Northwestern has posted scores of wins on the national scene during Drysdale?s tenure. The Wildcats made three-consecutive College World Series (CWS) appearances from 1984-86 and reached the regional playoffs in 1987 and 2000. NU took third place at the CWS in 1984, fifth in 1985 and seventh in 1986. Under her tutelage, the Wildcats have put together 13 30-win seasons, including six in a row from 1982-87. The only other Big Ten school to accomplish that feat is Michigan (13). In 1994, following her 500th career win, she was inducted into the National Softball Coaches Association?s (NSCA) Hall of Fame.

    The winningest coach in school history, Drysdale came to NU from Kansas, where she compiled a 64-17 record and directed the Jayhawks to a Top 10 finish in the AIAW Softball World Series in each season of her four-year tenure. At Kansas, she also served as field hockey coach for two years, basketball coach for one year and director of women?s athletics for two years.

    A 1966 graduate of Brockport (N.Y.) State, Drysdale began her coaching career as an assistant basketball coach at Eastern Kentucky and received her master?s degree in physical education in 1967. In 1972, she completed her doctorate in physical education at the University of Iowa with a specialization in coaching and a concentration in social psychology. At Iowa, Drysdale also served as the Hawkeye?s field hockey coach and assistant softball coach.

    In 1979, Drysdale began a four-summer stint as head coach of the Greater Milwaukee Bankettes, a women?s major ASA team. Under her guidance, the Bankettes compiled a 148-54 record and finished in the nation?s Top 10 three times.

    Drysdale was chairperson of the NAGWS Softball Committee from 1981-83 and a contributing writer to the NAGWS Softball Guide. She is the author of The Complete Handbook of Winning Softball (Allyn & Bacon, 1982) and four softball skill booklets. In addition, Drysdale is the Chair of the NCAA Softball Rules Committee.

    Drysdale at Northwestern

    ? Overall Big Ten Big Ten
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    NCAA
    Finish
    Year W L T Pct. W L Pct.
    1979 3 13 0 .188 ? ? ? ? ?
    1980 16 17 0 .485 ? ? ? ? ?
    1981 19 27 0 .413 ? ? ? ? ?
    1982 31 9 1 .768 8 0 1.000 1st ?
    1983 34 16 0 .680 13 7 .650 2nd ?
    1984 41 17 0 .707 17 4 .810 1st 3rd
    1985 40 12 1 .764 20 4 .833 1st 5th
    1986 33 17 0 .660 15 9 .625 1st 7th
    1987 43 13 0 .768 18 6 .750 1st 9th
    1988 25 23 0 .521 14 10 .583 3rd ?
    1989 26 25 0 .510 14 10 .583 3rd ?
    1990 16 35 0 .314 5 19 .208 6th ?
    1991 21 33 0 .389 9 15 .375 5th ?
    1992 33 25 1 .559 18 10 .643 3rd ?
    1993 34 25 0 .576 17 11 .607 4th ?
    1994 35 21 0 .625 17 11 .607 5th ?
    1995 38 19 0 .667 19 9 .679 2nd ?
    1996 19 33 0 .365 8 16 .333 7th ?
    1997 19 31 0 .360 9 14 .391 8th ?
    1998 34 19 0 .641 15 9 .625 2nd ?
    1999 30 31 0 .492 11 13 .458 7th ?
    2000 30 26 0 .536 12 6 .667 4th 9th?
    NU Totals 620 487 3 .560 259 183 .586 (22 years) ?
    KU Record 64 17 0 .790 (4 years) ? ? ? ?
    Career 684 504 3 .574 (26 years) ? ? ? ?