Director of Athletics Al Bean announced the hiring of Sarah (Bennis) Jamo as the University of Southern Maine Huskies’ head softball coach in the summer of 2012. The eighth head coach in the 37-year history of the program, Jamo replaces Bonny Brown-Denico, who stepped down this summer after 16 seasons to focus on her responsibilities as USM’s head field hockey coach.
“We are excited and pleased to announce the hiring of Sarah to lead our softball program,” noted Bean. “Sarah has the drive, knowledge, contacts and skill to make an immediate impact on our programs success and I expect that she will move the program forward quickly.”
Jamo arrives at USM with a strong coaching background following an outstanding pitching career at the University of Maine. In her first season as the Greely High School head coach last spring, Jamo amassed a 16-3 overall record and led Greely to an appearance in the Class B Western Maine Championship. Jamo also served as the Huskies’ pitching coach in the spring of 2012 on a part-time basis. Utilizing her in-depth pitching knowledge, Jamo continues to serve as the Pitching Coordinator at The Edge Academy in Portland, Maine – a position she has held since 2011. In this capacity, Jamo has overseen the pitching development for seven highly competitive Maine Thunder ASA teams. Jamo also has three years experience as an assistant coach and pitching coach at Division II Merrimack College. While at Merrimack, Jamo assisted in all phases of coaching and was responsible for administering game-day decision of starters and relievers.
“I am very excited for this amazing opportunity. The University of Southern Maine has a great athletic tradition,” commented Jamo. “I look forward to sharing my passion and dedication for the sport of softball with my current and future student-athletes.”
A two-time (2005, 2006) all-conference first team and an all-rookie team (2003) selection while at UMaine, Jamo finished her decorated career with the Black Bears as their all-time leader in strikeouts and wins in a season (2006). Helping lead the Black Bears to the 2004 America East conference championship, Jamo was named to the all-tournament team – a feat she repeated in 2005.
During her collegiate playing career, Jamo served as team captain (2006) and had the honor of representing the United States of America at a tournament in the Czech Republic in 2005. She earned UMaine’s Student-Athlete Award for academic achievement and America East Conference All-Academic Team honors from 2003-2006. Jamo earned her bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a concentration in social studies from UMaine in 2006. A 2002 graduate of Greely High School, Jamo was the Portland Press Herald and Lewiston Sun Journal Softball Player of the Year as a senior.
Jamo resides in Pownal with her husband and one-year-old son.
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