Softball has always brought me joy. I love the thrill of running down an impossibly deep fly ball, of rounding the bases at full speed, and of sliding into a base with my hand sneaking in just under the tag. I value the close relationships formed with teammates as we compete together, and the lessons learned from both wins and losses. As a coach now, it’s so exciting to share all of those experiences with this great group of GA student-athletes.”
-Sarah Zimmerman, Varsity Softball Head Coach
|18||Clarissa Smith (Captain)||Senior|
|16||Emily Spillane (Captain)||Senior|
|15||Malia Walton (Captain)||Senior|
|Katja Wetzel (Manager)||Senior|
|Grace Boynton (Manager)||Sophomore|
Sarah ZimmermanHead Coach
Zimmerman finished her third season in charge of the Patriots in 2023, going 13-4 overall and finishing second in the Inter-Ac with a 7-2 mark. For the second consecutive year, GA advanced to the PAISAA Semifinal game. In 2023, the Patriots had a program-record six players placed on the All-League team.
Zimmerman helped lead Germantown Academy to a 11-8 overall record and a 7-5 mark in the Inter-Ac League in 2022. For the first time in program history, the Patriots competed in the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association Tournament, advancing to the Semifinal before falling to Shipley School, 1-0. The Patriots had five student athletes named to the All-Inter-Ac team.
During her first season, Zimmerman helped the Patriots to a 9-11 record. GA had two players named to the All-Inter-Ac team.
Zimmerman is the current Middle School Academic Dean, teaches 7th Grade Life Science, and is the coordinator of the Middle School Academic Support Program. She served as the Patriots Co-Head Coach of Varsity Softball, Assistant Varsity Coach, and Head Coach of Middle School JV Softball. She has run several softball clinics for Lower and Middle School students for the GA community and beyond and also coaches Middle School Girls Tennis.
As a student-athlete, Zimmerman was starting right fielder for the Pennsbury High School Falcons, who dominated the Suburban One League and made several appearances at the state tournament during her time there. A captain during her senior year, Zimmerman was a team leader in batting average and stolen bases. She was twice named to the Suburban One All-League team and went on to play NCAA Division I softball at Cornell.
Zimmerman holds a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Cornell, a Master’s degree in Bilingual Education from Bank Street College of Education, and a Master’s degree in Math Education from the City College of New York.
Updated: June 1, 2023
Tiffany NelsonAssistant Coach
Tiffany Nelson '09 enters her third season as an Assistant Coach for the softball team in 2023.
Kyle DonahueAssistant Coach
Kyle Donahue '14 begins his second season as an Assistant Coach on the softball team in 2023.