Sarah Pauly enters her second season as the pitching coach for the College of Charleston softball program following an outstanding collegiate career and a continuing professional career in National Pro Fastpitch.
Pauly brings an extensive playing background and a wealth of knowledge to the Cougars following a record-setting pitching career at Texas A&M Corpus-Christi and a professional career that has seen her play for the 2007 NPF Champion and 2008 runner-up Washington Glory. For the past two seasons, Pauly has served as the pitching coach at Spartanburg Methodist College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
COLLEGIATE EXPERIENCE: TEXAS A&M CORPUS-CHRISTI
While at Texas A&M Corpus-Christi, Pauly rewrote the NCAA Record Books and posted a four-year record of 112-46 for the Islanders. She is currently third in career strikeout ratio with 11.6 strikeouts per seven innings pitched and is tied for ninth in career strikeouts with 1,370. More impressively, those records were accomplished in only three years as TAMUCC had provisional status during her freshman year while completing its transition to Division I. Had the statistics from her freshman campaign counted towards the records, she would rank sixth all-time with 1,636 strikeouts and 19th in all-time victories with 112.
As a senior in 2005, Pauly went 37-7 with a 0.56 earned run average and finished with 497 strikeouts and 12.08 strikeouts per seven innings. The 37 victories placed her third in the nation behind Texas’ Cat Osterman and Tennessee’s Monica Abbott while her strikeout ratio, strikeout total and ERA ranked second, third and fourth in the country. Her strikeout total and ratio are each among the NCAA’s Top-25 single season performances, ranking 15th and 12th, respectively. Following that season, Pauly was named an NCAA Third-Team All-American.
As a junior she compiled a record of 27-10 and ranked fourth in the nation in strikeouts per seven innings (11.5), ERA (0.64) and strikeouts (442) while coming in sixth in saves with six. That followed a sophomore campaign, and the first at the NCAA level, that saw Pauly finish with a 23-16 record and place third in the nation in strikeouts per seven innings (11.4) and strikeouts (431), sixth in ERA (0.82) and seventh in saves (7). In the final season of provisional status for the Islanders, and her freshman season, she went 25-13 with 266 strikeouts and a 1.63 ERA and was named First Team All-American Independent Colleges.
Over three seasons of NCAA play, Pauly led Texas A&M Corpus-Christi to three NCAA Regionals and garnered Big South Pitcher of the Year, Big South Tournament Most Valuable Player and All-Conference First-Team selections in each of those seasons. She was also named NCAA All-Region in 2003 and 2004 and was a Third-Team All-American in 2005.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: NATIONAL PRO FASTPITCH
Following the completion of her college career in 2005, the Phoenix, Arizona native joined the Connecticut Brakettes of National Pro Fastpitch and was named an American Softball Association Women’s Open First-Team All-American in her first season. Pauly followed that performance with a 2006 season that saw her earn Most Outstanding Pitcher honors in the NPF with a league leading 1.24 ERA and league-high tying 15 wins and 138 strikeouts. She was also named an All-NPF selection as she helped lead the Brakettes to a runner-up finish in the league. That same year, she was chosen as a member of the Team USA Softball National Training Team.
In 2007 with the Washington Glory, Pauly went 13-6 with a 1.35 ERA and struck out nearly a batter an inning with 122 strikeouts in 124.2 innings. She went the distance in six of her 18 starts and allowed only 24 earned runs as the Glory won the National Pro Fastpitch championship.
This past season she teamed with former All-Americans Monica Abbott (Tennessee) and Taryne Mowatt (Arizona) as well as former Arizona State standout Desiree Serrano as the Glory reached the NPF finals for a second consecutive season. Even with the quality of her own pitching staff, Pauly led the league in ERA from start to finish and struck out 112 to hit triple-digits in strikeouts for the third straight season.
Pauly continues to pitch for the Washington Glory with the NPF season running from the end of May through August.
COACHING EXPERIENCE: COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON AND SPARTANBURG METHODIST COLLEGE
In 2009, Pauly worked with an extensive pitching staff that featured six players, three of whom were freshman, as well as two of the more accomplished pitchers in College of Charleston history. She mentored young pitchers such as Katie Forbes, Laura Jeroszko, Stormie Henderson and Alexa Datko while benefiting from the tremendous experience of Terri Mesko and Shannon Howard. During the season, Mesko became the program's all-time strikeout leader with her 463rd while Howard averaged 4.99 strikeouts per seven inning game, ranking as the ninth best single season mark in Cougar history.
For the two seasons prior to joining the College of Charleston's staff, Pauly served as pitching coach at Spartanburg Methodist College in Spartanburg, South Carolina alongside her father and head coach Rick Pauly. During that time, she mentored a pitching staff which guided the Pioneers to regular season and conference championships and a fifth-place finish at the Divison I NJCAA National Tournament. The latter was the first time in 15 years that SMC had accomplished the feat. That season represented a remarkable turnaround from the previous year’s 18-16-1 record.
Pauly earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Texas A&M Corpus-Christi in 2005 and is currently pursuing her Masters in Counseling.