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PSC names interim coach for 2001 season

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State College has hired an interim softball coach to lead the team for the 2001 spring season.

The new addition to the Panther coaching staff is Harry Blood, a Granite State native who has been involved in coaching softball for many years. Blood takes over from Moira Long, who has been given an administrative reassignment in the athletic department for maternity reasons.

A 1973 graduate of Plymouth State, Blood has been athletic director at Moultonborough (N.H.) Academy since 1994. He has coached both soccer and basketball at Moultonborough, and has been the assistant softball coach there since 1989. The past seven years, Blood has been very involved with coaching summer 16-and-under and 18-and-under Amateur Softball Association traveling teams from New Hampshire, participating in ASA state, regional and national tournaments.

"Softball has been a passion in our family for a long time," said Blood, whose brother is head coach at Cornell University and whose daughter is a former Northeast Region All-American pitcher for Keene State College. "I have had the privilege of working with some of the finest coaches and athletes in the state. These experiences have increased my knowledge of the game and instilled in me a love for the game and respect for the young women who play it."

Blood received his Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education in 1973, and a Master of Education degree in Administration, both from PSC.

"Coach Blood comes from an outstanding softball family," said PSC interim athletic director John P. Clark. "He is very highly regarded, his teaching, particularly in the area of pitching, will be helpful to our program and to Moira Long. I felt that with Moira having a newborn, it would be too difficult for her to put in the late hours and make all the road trips. She will still be a Co-Senior Women's Administrator and will handle other duties such as eligibility and budget prep."

Blood takes over a team that had one of its best seasons in years in 2000, but still finished with a 15-20 overall record.