Elaine Schwager begins the second year of her second stint as head coach of the softball team in the 2015-16 season. She also is in her first year serving as Director of Club Sports at Merrimack College and was promoted to full-time status in the summer of 2015.
The former Warrior head coach returned to campus for a second stint this past spring and guided a young squad to the cusp of a playoff berth. Merrimack finished with seven wins in its last 11 games and posted its first win over a ranked opponent (#18 Southern N.H.) since the 2011 campaign, which was coincidentally Schwager's final year during her first tenure at Merrimack. The Warriors missed out on a playoff berth in the 2015 NE-10 Championship by a single game in the highly competitive Northeast Division.
Overall, Merrimack finished 19-24 in 2015, while Schwager helped two student-athletes earn all-conference recognition.
Schwager enjoyed a successful six-year run with the program from 2006-11 and was named the 2009 Northeast-10 Conference Coach of the Year after guiding her squad to a 17-win improvement and a 26-19 overall record.
In 2011, Merrimack enjoyed its best season in eight years, finishing 31-23 overall while reaching the Northeast-10 Championship and the NCAA Super Regionals after capturing the NCAA East Region 1 Championship.
Schwager also guided Merrimack to an appearance in the NE-10 Championship Final in 2007 and helped the team reach the double-elimination championship weekend round in 2009.
In over 13 years of coaching, Schwager has amassed a 267-279 record. She notched her 200th career victory in 2009 against Southern New Hampshire.
Prior to Merrimack, Schwager was the head softball coach at Suffolk for five years, leading the team to two ECAC New England postseason tournaments.