Former Softball Assistant Coach Ashley Waters Accepts Head Position at Boston University

Former Softball Assistant Coach Ashley Waters Accepts Head Position at Boston University

Waters (right) speaking with head coach Jenny Allard during a game this season (Envision Sports Media).

BOSTON – Ashley Waters, an assistant with the Harvard softball team the last three seasons, has accepted the head coaching position at Boston University. This marks the first head coaching job in Waters' career.

During Waters three years with the Crimson, she helped guide Harvard to 73 overall victories, including 39 Ivy League wins. Harvard finished second in the Ivy League North Division each of those three seasons.

Waters was primarily responsible for coaching infielders and guiding hitting instruction while with Harvard. In total, Harvard student-athletes accumulated 17 all-conference honors during her tenure.

The Amesbury, Massachusetts, native has a long history with the Boston area, earning the 2005 Boston Globe Will McDonough Award as Massachusetts Female Athlete of the Year after a stellar high school career. She went on to play at BU's America East rival Maine, being named to the all-conference first team as a junior and senior, as well as earning Player of the Year accolades in 2008. She was also a two-time NFCA All-Region honoree.

Following graduation, Waters spent one year as an assistant with the Black Bears, while also playing professionally for the Stratford Brakettes. She played from 2008-12 with the Brakettes, winning Women's Major Softball national championships in 2010 and 2011.

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