DeMartine Named Head Softball Coach
WILMORE, Ky. – Samantha DeMartine has been named head coach of the Asbury University softball team, removing the interim tag she’s worn since February. DeMartine becomes the eighth head coach in program history.
Since moving from an assistant to the interim head coach in February, DeMartine has guided the team to an 18-24 record and a 13-13 mark in the KIAC. The former University of Kentucky standout was named assistant coach at AU in the summer of 2012.
“I was overjoyed and excited when I received word that I was chosen as the next head coach at Asbury University,” DeMartine said. “The team this year has been absolutely wonderful to work with, and I look forward to bringing stability and consistency to the program. After spending this year with this team I knew that I didn’t want to leave them. They have pushed me and there is nothing better, as a coach, then to have a team that will help you grow as you help them grow.”
After finishing her playing career in 2011 at UK, DeMartine spent one season as an assistant coach at Lafayette High School in Lexington. While there DeMartine helped the team to a 26-12 overall record, a 43rd District Championship, an 11th Region Championship and a berth to the KHSAA State Tournament.
“I am thankful to the AU athletics staff for helping me transition and learn this year and for welcoming me into the family,” DeMartine added. “I also want to thank my family for their love and support over the past few weeks and months.”
In addition to her coaching duties DeMartine will also serve as a Building Supervisor for the Luce Center, the home to Asbury Athletics and the Health, Physical Education and Recreation department. The Luce Center also serves the surrounding community with memberships for the weight room, pool, gymnasium and racquetball courts.
“We are very excited to announce Samantha DeMartine as the head coach of our softball team,” AU Athletics Director Mark Perdue said. “Samantha’s commitment to Asbury’s vision of developing the whole student-athlete and her knowledge of the game make her a great fit for this position.”
As a player at UK, DeMartine was a four-time All-SEC Academic Honor Roll member and a 2009 SEC Community Service Team member. She batted .306 with 10 home runs and 34 RBI as a senior in 2011 and ranked third on the team in both home runs and RBI. During her career DeMartine appeared in 207 games with 133 hits, 20 home runs and 90 RBI. During her four years UK posted 30+ wins three times and had an overall record of 123-103. Prior to UK, DeMartine was a five-time All-State selection in New York playing for Malboro Central.
“I have had the privilege to get to know Samantha DeMartine over the last year and become a mentor for her,” said Jenny Hill, head softball coach at Paul Laurence Dunbar and former standout at the University of Arizona and a member of Team USA. “Samantha is a mature, young coach that adapts well to difficult situations and will do what is right, in every situation.”
DeMartine and the Eagles closed the 2013 season with a 4th place finish at the KIAC Tournament, winning two and losing two in the double-elimination tournament.