Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday

Nick French
Nick French

Last College:
Emerson '05

Volunteer Assistant

At Arizona:
First Year; Third Year in Coaching

Nick French joined the Arizona softball program in January 2010 to assist with daily softball operations and player development in the outfield. Prior to coming on board at UA, French was the interim head coach at Simmons (Mass.) College in 2008 before becoming an assistant at Piedmont (Ga.) College.

French has extensive playing and coaching experience, having been around the game since early childhood.

He began coaching at the age of 14 under his father Marty French, who ran the highly successful Bay State Blaze Junior Olympic program. During that time he took part in six national tournaments and numerous others while sending many players on to college programs.

He also served as pitching coach at his alma mater, Abington High School, for five years in addition to Emerson College.

Under the tutelage of longtime head coach Steve Kingman, he helped lead the Abington Green Wave to its first outright league title in 16 years in 2001. The program had won seven straight league titles ending in 2008, and at one point held a 67 game conference winning streak, while reaching the sectional semifinals three times.

At Simmons, his team shattered the school record for wins with 35 (the previous high was 19) and set school records for home runs, hits, average, stolen bases, ERA and RBI, while leading the team to school best second place conference finish and the first-ever postseason berth.

He also had four all-conference players and the league rookie of the year.

At Piedmont, his team finished fourth in the conference and had four All-Conference players, as well as the conference rookie of the year.

In addition to his coaching, French has played modified and fastpitch softball for eight seasons and was a member of the 2008 ASA Modified National Champion Granite State Bulldogs. He has played in six national tournaments with a host of teams.

French attended Emerson College where he played basketball for a season and assisted with the softball program as well. He graduated in 2005 with a degree in print and multimedia journalism. He has previously worked for the Boston Globe, and served as a sports editor for the Community Newspaper Company.

Nick is the son of Marty and Veronica French, and has a younger sister, Andrea.