Bruce Addison is in his 15th year as head coach of the Plymouth State softball program in 2018. The Panthers have been solid contenders in New England and the Little East Conference under Addison, earning three ECAC post-season berths from 2008-12 during some of the most successful seasons in school history.
The Panthers finished 22-13 overall in 2014 under Addison and captured a share of the LEC regular season championship with an 11-3 mark. Addison also led the team to a 25-17 mark in 2013, matching the second-most wins in a season in school history.
Last season the Panthers went 23-17-1 (8-6 LEC) to finish in a four-way tie for the LEC regular season title. PSU won the tiebreakers to host the LEC Tournament for the first time, and the Panthers advanced all the way to the championship game before falling to the University of Massachusetts Boston. Addison was recognized with LEC Coach of the Year honors.
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 place since 2003. PSU won 16 of its last 24 games for finish at the .500 mark at 21-21.
Coach Addison captured his 100th career win at Plymouth State in 2009, and his 200th career victory in 2015. He led the team to records of 25-15 in ’08 and 24-18 in ’09, the second and third-most wins in a season in the program’s history. Addison heads into the 2018 season with a 251-268-1 career record.
Addison came to Plymouth State in 2004 after serving six years as head coach at Bow High School (N.H.). He led Bow to a 77-37 record in six seasons, qualifying for the NHIAA playoffs all six years. He was also an assistant varsity 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.