Middlebury College has announced the hiring of Liza Tarr '19 as an assistant softball coach. She earned her degree in philosophy and religion with a minor in Spanish last May.
"I am extremely excited that Liza will be back with our program as an assistant coach," said head coach Kelly Bevere. "As a three-year starting catcher, I always considered her our general on the field and it will be a natural transition to move into coaching."
"It is an honor to return to my alma mater and I was excited when Coach Bevere offered me the assistant position," noted Tarr. "I love the game of softball and these players and it will be an awesome opportunity to continue working with a program that has already given me so much."
On the diamond, Tarr was a three-year starter and four-year contributor behind the plate for the Panthers. She appeared in 95 games over her career with 87 starts, tallying a .270 batting average with 351 putouts. Tarr saved her best for last at the plate, posting career-high marks in batting average (.311), hits (28), runs (15), runs batted in (23) and walks (10) in 2019. Her seven doubles were tied for second on the team, while the 23 RBI tied her for third amongst her teammates. Tarr helped guide the Panthers to NESCAC Tournament appearances in 2018 and 2019 and served as a team captain during her final season.
Off the field, Tarr was a three-time All-NESCAC Academic Team selection and a four-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America Scholar-Athlete.
Tarr picked up previous coaching experience, serving as the 16U softball coach for the Trevians Girls Softball Association, the club for which she played during high school. Tarr has also assisted several Trevians teams -- from 10U through 14U -- and was a part of the Trevians winter clinic program for girls beginning the 10U program.