Terry M. Prouty Named SWA; Deb Robitaille Appointed Softball Coach

Tuesday, May 31, 2005
SNHU Communications Office

Southern New Hampshire University athletic director Chip Polak has announced that Terry M. Prouty has been named senior women's administrator at the University.

A 1988 graduate of SNHU and a member of its Athletic Hall of Fame, Prouty has spent the past six years as head women's soccer and softball coach at her alma mater. She will remain as head women's soccer coach, while Polak also announced that Deb Robitaille has been promoted to head softball coach.
Prouty came to SNHU from Keene State College, where she spent two years as the school's assistant director of athletics and assistant women's soccer coach. Prouty began her career in college athletics in 1994 when she was named senior women's administrator and women's soccer coach at Daniel Webster College. She would also serve as DWC's softball coach and eventually took over as the school's director of athletics before leaving for Keene State in 1997.
A native of East Bridgewater, Mass, Prouty excelled on the soccer and softball fields during her four years at SNHU. A four-time all-New England selection in soccer, she led the program to 68 victories and a pair of Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) titles. One of the most dominant pitchers in the history of SNHU softball, Prouty led the program to its only two ECAC Tournament appearances. She was inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.
"This is a positive change for the school and I am looking forward to the challenge," said Prouty. "While it was tough for me to step away from the softball program, I know it is important for the university to have a senior women's administrator, and I am honored that they have given me the opportunity."
A 1984 graduate of East Bridgewater High School, Prouty collected Boston Globe, Boston Herald and Brockton Enterprise All-Scholastic honors in both soccer and softball. She currently resides in Hooksett, N.H. with her husband Ray, who serves as associate director of athletics at SNHU.
"While I don't see myself as being restricted to dealing with just female athletes, at the same time I hope this sends an important message to the female student-athletes at SNHU," said Prouty. "And that is that they now have another person to go to if they have a situation; be it academic, athletic or social."
Robitaille has spent the past six years as Prouty's top assistant with both the women's soccer and softball programs.
She is a 1984 graduate of Manchester Memorial High School where she was a member of the girl's soccer team. A first-team all-state selection and member of New Hampshire's Lions Cup All-Star team as a senior, she recently played for the New Hampshire Lady Phantoms.
A graduate of UNH-Manchester, she served as girl's junior varsity soccer coach at Memorial High School from 1986 to 1995, before being named head girl's soccer coach at Concord High School in 1996. She spent three years at Concord and also served as goalkeeping coach at Keene State during her final season with the Crimson Tide.
For more information contact Tom McDermott at 603.645.9638.

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