HERKIMER, NY – Herkimer College announces the appointment of Louie Friend as its new head softball coach.

Friend spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Cazenovia College, where he compiled a 36-18 record. Since his arrival in 2020, Friend aided the Wildcats to the program’s first consecutive back-to-back winning seasons since 2017-2018.

Friend has also been a travel softball coach in Central New York for the last ten years for the CNY Heat program from 2012-2018; Conklin Raiders from 2018-2019; and the Utica Lady Comets from 2018-2022.

“We are thrilled to add Louie to our Herkimer College family,” Dean of Students/Director of Athletics Donald Dutcher said. “Coach Louie brings a lot of expertise and knowledge to our very nationally recognized softball program.  He has a strong passion for the sport and takes great pride in developing players to play at the next level. He has many contacts in the region, and we are excited to see what he can bring to our softball program.”

Friend resides in Oneida with his wife Heather, daughter Olivia, and son Zachary.