Maria B. Morin
Year Inducted: 2014
Maria B. Morin took over as RIC’s head softball coach in 1995 after concluding an outstanding undergraduate career as a pitcher at Skidmore. The Providence, R.I. and Classical High School product built the Anchorwomen softball program from the ground up, taking RIC to the pinnacle of NCAA Div. III in an 18-year career.
Morin went on to amass more wins than any other coach in Rhode Island College history, compiling a 458-257-4 career mark. She guided the Anchorwomen to five consecutive Little East Conference Regular Season Championships (2005, ’06, ’07, ’08, ’09) and four straight Little East Tournament Championships (2006, ’07, ’08, ’09).
RIC made five NCAA Tournament appearances under her tutelage, reaching the National Championship Round in both 2007 and 2008, and won 20 or more games for 13 consecutive seasons from 1999-2011.
She guided the Anchorwomen to NCAA New England Regional titles in 2007 and 2008. Morin led the Anchorwomen within one win of capturing her third NCAA Regional title in 2011. RIC won the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) New England Championship under her tutelage in 2005.
During her tenure, she coached two National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Americans, 17 All-New England selections, five Little East Players and three Pitchers of the Year and 81 All-Conference award recipients. She, along with her staff, was named the NFCA New England Coaching Staff of the Year twice. Morin was named the Little East Coach of the Year three times.
She was inducted into the Little East Conference Hall of Fame in 2013.
Morin graduated from Skidmore with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in psychology in 1994.
While an undergraduate at Skidmore College, Morin was an outstanding pitcher for the Thoroughbreds from 1991 until 1994. She captained the team her junior and senior seasons and was the team's Most Valuable Player in 1992, 1993 and 1994. At the time of her graduation, she was Skidmore's all-time leader in games started (56), while ranking second in wins with (38), games pitched (63), complete games (44), innings pitched (363) and was third in career ERA (3.41). She was a two-time NYSWCAA state playoff all-tournament selection and was named the Offensive Player of the Year in 1991. She was named to the Manhattanville Valiant All-Tournament Team in 1994.
She spent 1996-2014 as a library media specialist at the Carl G. Lauro Elementary School and is currently serving in the same capacity at West Broadway Middle School. Morin resides in Johnston, R.I. with her husband Philip and sons Alex (10) and Ryan (3).