Colgate Athletics named Marissa Lamison-Myers as the Raiders’ head softball coach in July 2017.
The Raiders remained in contention for a Patriot League Tournament berth during the final regular-season series of the year during Lamison-Myers’ first season at the helm in 2018. She mentored a pair of All-Patriot League picks in Holly Geranen (first team) and Virginia Irby (second team), as well as two Academic All-League selections (Irby and Kyle Griswold). Under Lamison-Myers’ guidance, Geranen became the first Raider to earn All-ECAC accolades in 15 years.
Lamison-Myers came to Colgate after a four-year stint at Bucknell as the top assistant to the 2015 Patriot League Coach of the Year. Prior to her time with the Bison, Lamison-Myers was a member of a national championship coaching staff at Tufts.
Lamison-Myers helped coach the Bison to three Patriot League Tournament appearances, two second-place finishes and a fourth-place finish during her four years at Bucknell. The Bison finished 35-20 in 2015, marking the all-time winningest team in program history as head coach Bonnie Skrenta garnered Patriot League Coach of the Year honors.
Lamison-Myers worked with the Bison pitchers and catchers during her first two years in Lewisburg. She mentored Amanda Fazio, the program’s all-time leader in strikeouts and innings pitched. Over her past two seasons, Lamison-Myers transitioned into the third base coaching role, playing a crucial role in the Bison’s in-game strategies.
Prior to her time at Bucknell, Lamison-Myers was a two-year assistant at Tufts where she helped lead the Jumbos to the 2013 NCAA Division III National Championship. The squad won back-to-back NESCAC titles as well as regional championships. Tufts earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament during both of her years with the team, finishing fifth in 2012 before winning the national championship in 2013. Lamison-Myers was a member of the staff that was selected as the NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year in 2013 and Regional Coaching Staff of the Year in both 2012 and 2013.
In addition to her collegiate coaching experience, Lamison-Myers holds high school and club experience. She was the assistant coach at Penn-Trafford High School in 2011 as well as the co-head coach of the Pittsburgh Predator travel team for 10 summers.
Lamison-Myers was a four-year starting catcher at Clarion University. She ranks fourth all-time on the Clarion career walks list. A Harrison City, Pa. native, she graduated from Clarion with honors in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and concentrations in coaching and sports management. Lamison-Myers also completed several post-baccalaureate classes while at Tufts.
Colgate softball head coach Marissa Lamison-Myers named Amanda Fazio as the Raiders' assistant coach in August 2017.
Fazio helped mentor two All-Patriot League selections and a pair of Academic All-League picks during her first year on staff in 2018 as the Raiders remained in contention for a Patriot League Tournament berth up until the final two games of the regular-season.
Fazio came to Colgate after a one-year stint as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Denison University. Prior to that, she was a two-time All-Patriot League player and the 2016 Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year at Bucknell.
“I am so excited to have Amanda join me on staff here at Colgate,” said Lamison-Myers. “She brings a wealth of knowledge to our pitching staff as well as our outfielders. She proved to be a talented player in the Patriot League I look forward to Amanda making a huge impact on our staff."
During her one season at Denison, Fazio helped guide the Big Red to a NCAC Championship game appearance and 29-16 overall record. She was responsible for assisting in the creation and execution of daily training plans and fully running the pitching staff. Fazio led in the identification, evaluation and recruitment of prospective student-athletes.
“I could not be happier to be back in the Patriot League as a part of the Raider family,” said Fazio. “I strongly believe that my experiences at Denison and Bucknell will translate well to Colgate Softball. I cannot wait to start working in the bullpen and with our talented student-athletes.”
Fazio was a four-year starter and two-time All-Patriot League honoree at Bucknell. She holds Bison the program record for career strikeouts (464), as well as single-season records for wins (19), strikeouts (164) and stolen bases (26). The Chatham, N.J. native led the Bison to Patriot League Tournament appearances in all four years of her career, as well as a pair of championship trips in 2014 and 2015. A talented two-way player, Fazio hit .347 as a senior while tallying a 1.81 ERA in the circle.
A strong all-around student-athlete, Fazio was named the 2016 Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year and also earned CoSIDA Academic All-American honors during her senior year. She was a four-time NFCA All-American Scholar-Athlete honoree. Fazio was awarded the ‘Ray Bucknell Diversity Award and the Bryan-Humphreys Award at the conclusion of her senior season.
Fazio graduated magna cum laude from Bucknell with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies in 2016. She made Dean’s List every semester and was a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society and the Phi Sigma Biology Honors Society.