Margaret Yerdon reached 132 wins in the 2014 season.
Margaret Yerdon was named the head softball coach in July of 2009. She took over for Michelle Burrell, who accepted the head coaching position at Binghamton University. Prior to her appointment, she was an assistant coach for five seasons.
In her first season as the head coach of the Yellowjackets, the team finished 22-19, with a 7-1 mark at home. She saw five of her players were named to the UAA's All-Association team, while seven were named to the All-Liberty League team.
Yerdon was an assistant coach under Jeanine Gunther on the 2004 team, which set a single-season victory record (27-18) and reached the ECAC playoffs, its first-ever post-season appearance.
Rochester built on that success when Burrell arrived for the 2006 season. Yerdon spent four years as the pitching coach for Burrell. In that time, Rochester posted an overall record of 117-50, made three consecutive NCAA playoff appearances, won four conference titles, and set single-season victory record for three straight seasons (28 in 2007, 32 in 2008, 33 in 2009).
Yerdon and Burrell were named the Coaching Staff of the Year by the University Athletic Association in 2007 and by the Liberty League in 2007 and 2009. Yerdon’s work with the pitching staff was rewarded handsomely in the last two years. Rochester had the Liberty League Pitcher of the Year in 2008 and 2009 and an All-American in 2009.
Yerdon was a graduate assistant coach at Binghamton in 2003 while pursuing her master’s degree in Social Sciences with a concentration in Public Administration. She earned a BA in English and Sociology in 2001 from Binghamton.
She participated in BU’s transition from Division III (1997) to Division I status (in 2000) receiving accolades for her playing skills at every level. She was a Division II NFCA All-Region selection in 1999 plus the NECC All-Conference Pitcher of the Year in 1999 and 2000.
In 2002, she was named the America East All-Conference Designated Player. Yerdon was selected as the team MVP in 1999 and 2002. She is Binghamton’s career record holder in strikeouts (431) and earned run average (1.40).
She received a Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies in May, 2009 from the Susan B. Anthony Institute of the University of Rochester. She is pursuing her PhD in Education with a Concentration in Educational Policy and Theory.
Yerdon is an alumnus of Sandy Creek (N.Y.) High School. She was selected as one of the Top 100 North Country athletes by the Watertown Times in 2007.