Bruce Addison starts his 17th season as head coach of the Plymouth State softball program in 2019-20. The Panthers have been solid contenders in New England and the Little East Conference under Addison, hosting the LEC Tournament as the top seed in 2017 and ’18 while earning three ECAC post-season berths from 2008-12 during some of the most successful seasons in school history.
Addison enters the year with a 299-301-1 mark. He captured his 100th career win at Plymouth State in 2009, and his 200th career victory in 2015. The 2018 squad posted a 26-15 overall record, the second-most wins in program history, while he also led the team to records of 25-15 in 2008 and 24-18 in ‘09.
Plymouth State finished the 2018 regular season with an 11-3 mark in the LEC to capture its first outright regular season title. The Panthers dropped the opening game of the tournament, 1-0, but battled through the loser’s bracket to advance to the title game where they were nipped 4-3. Addison was named LEC Coach of the Year, while Panthers also claimed Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year honors, along with five all-conference selections.
A year earlier the Panthers went 23-17-1 and 8-6 in the LEC to finish in a four-way tie for the conference’s top spot. PSU won the tiebreaker to host the tournament for the first time in school history. The Panthers advanced through the winner’s bracket to the title game, before falling twice on the final day to finish as tournament runner-up. Addison was selected as the conference’s Coach of the Year.
Addison was also named LEC Co-Coach of the Year in 2012 after leading the Panthers, picked sixth in the preseason poll, into a tie for fourth, its highest finish in nine years. PSU won 16 of its last 24 games for finish at the .500 mark at 21-21.
Addison came to Plymouth State in 2004 after serving six years as head coach at Bow (N.H.) High School. He led the Falcons to a 77-37 record in six seasons, qualifying for the NHIAA playoffs all six years. He was also an assistant coach for one season each at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook, N.H., and Hopkinton (N.H.) High School.
Addison has coached a variety of Amateur Softball Association (ASA) squads, including the New Hampshire Comets 16U, 12U and 14U Junior Olympic Teams. He has worked several softball coaching clinics, and was also an accomplished men’s major modified softball player, earning All-America honors from 1994-96.