Successful UMass softball coach battling cancer

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Associated Press

Posted on April 5, 2012 at 2:03 PM

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Longtime University of Massachusetts softball coach Elaine Sortino, one of just five active coaches with more than 1,100 career wins, has announced that she is battling cancer.

Sortino made the announcement to her team Wednesday following a 4-2 win over Boston College.

No additional details were released.

Director of Athletics John McCutcheon said the 33-year coach will continue to be as involved as possible with the team, but day-to-day operations will be handled by her assistants.

Sortino has a 1,129-470-6 record and the Minutewomen are 17-11 this season.

She is one of eight coaches in NCAA history to hit the 1,000-win plateau. She has led UMass to 22 Atlantic 10 titles, 20 NCAA regional appearances, and three trips to the College World Series.

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