Erica Hanrahan is in her sixth season as head softball coach at DePauw University. Her teams have compiled a 139-92 record. She is just the third head coach in the softball program’s history since its return to varsity status in 1996.
Hanrahan has led each of the last four teams to appearances in the NCAA Division III Championship. The 2017 squad won the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament, while the 2016 team set an NCAC record with 15 conference wins in earning the regular season title for the fourth straight year. Hanrahan earned NCAC Coach of the Year honors for the second straight year and third time in four seasons.
Hanrahan led the 2015 Tigers to a third staight North Coast Athletic Conference title and was named the conference's Coach of the Year for the second time in three seasons. The Tigers finished with a 36-16 overall record and set a new NCAC mark with 14 conference wins.
DePauw hosted and won an NCAA Regional before winning the NCAA Super Regional series over Moravian with dramatic come-from-behind wins in both victories. With the Super Regional title, the Tigers advanced to the Division III Finals for the fourth time in nine seasons. After dropping the opening game to Salisbury, 2-1, DePauw came back with a 5-4 extra-inning win over Alma. The Tigers were eliminated by Linfield, but placed in a tie for fifth for the fourth time in school history. Hanrahan and her staff earned National Fastpitch Coaches Association Regional Coaching Staff of the Year honors.
Hanrahan led the 2014 team to a second-straight North Coast Athletic Conference titles with a 13-3 NCAC record to top the league. In 2014, she also led the Tigers to an NCAC tournament title, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship.
In 2013, Hanrahan guided the Tigers to the program’s first NCAC title since beginning play in the league in 2011-12. For her efforts, Hanrahan was recognized as the NCAC Coach of the Year.
Before accepting the position at DePauw, Hanrahan was a member of the softball staff at Boston College. She assumed the position as first assistant within the program and was responsible for the development of the entire pitching staff, the outfielders and game-by-game scouting reports. Additionally, she spearheaded the recruitment of the pitchers and assisted with the planning and implementation of practice, the organization and communication of recruiting and the fundraising efforts of the squad.
In her lone season at Boston College, Hanrahan helped the Eagles get off to their best start in 11 years (16-6), defeating conference foe Virginia Tech for the first time at home in eight seasons along the way en route to totaling 50 percent more wins than the previous season.
Prior to arriving in Chestnut Hill, Hanrahan served as head varsity softball coach at Elmwood Park High School in Elmwood Park, Ill., where she directed her team to six regional championships, two sectional titles and two quarterfinal berths in the state tournament.
While at Elmwood Park, she founded the Lady Tigers travel softball organization where her responsibilities as the president and coach of the association’s U18 squad included developing a board of trustees, recruiting, fundraising, scheduling games and practices and developing rapport with collegiate coaches to help showcase talent on the Lady Tigers teams.
A 2000 graduate of St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, N.J., Hanrahan went on to earn her master’s degree in Education from her alma mater in 2001.
In her time as an undergraduate, Hanrahan was a member of the softball team, where her name is etched in many pitching categories in the school record books; she also helped guide the school to its first softball conference championship and was team captain in 2000.
As she was studying for her master’s degree, Hanrahan was the graduate assistant coach for the softball team. During her stint as coach, she helped the team amass the most wins in school history, 42, a MAAC championship and a berth to the NCAA regionals.