The Diane L. Potter ’57 Softball Funds Campaign | Springfield College

The Diane L. Potter ’57 Softball Funds Campaign

The Diane L. Potter ’57 Softball Funds Campaign

Established in 2015 by a committed group of softball alumnae, the Potter Softball Coaching Fund and Potter Softball Program Fund combine to augment support for the softball program. Springfield College’s goal is for both funds to reach $1.25 million. The coaching fund (goal of $1 million) will create an endowment to support the head softball coaching salary and the softball program fund (goal of $250,000) will create an endowment that provides annual support for the highest needs of the program.

Diane Potter ’57, Coach, Educator, Leader

Springfield College has one of the nation’s most highly regarded and respected women’s intercollegiate athletics programs, and Diane Potter, EdD, a pioneer in women’s athletics, is among the reasons why. She served as Springfield College’s first women’s gymnastics and softball coach. She coached the softball team for 21 years (1965-75, 1977-85), compiling a 227-123 record that included four undefeated seasons and a then-school record 25 victories in her final season. Potter played professionally and was a three-time Eastern Major Girls’ Softball League All-Star in the 1960s.

She played in four World Softball Tournaments and exhibition games in Canada. At the request of the Dutch National Softball Association and the Italian Softball Federation, she traveled to Holland and Italy to conduct clinics. In 1974, Potter hosted the Dutch National Team in Springfield, conducting a training camp to help prepare players for the World Championship held at Raybestos Field in Stratford, Conn. Potter served four years as the Springfield College coordinator of women’s athletics and 11 years as assistant director of athletics.

She held several key positions with multiple regional and national organizations. In 1985, the Springfield College softball field was named in her honor. Potter was inducted into the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Hall of Fame in 1986 and the New Agenda Sports Hall of Fame in 1988. In 1989, she became only the second woman inducted into the Springfield College Athletics Hall of Fame.

The Diane L. Potter ’57 Softball Funds Campaign

Goal Endowment Name Progress
$1,000,000 Potter Softball Coaching Fund $891,000
$250,000 Potter Softball Program Fund $110,500
$1,250,000 Combined Funds $1,001,500

Donate to the Diane L. Potter ’57 Softball Fund today!

Information about supporting Springfield College is available from:

Jin Bates '79, or (413) 748-3176