On this holiday, Sabrina Lane is thankful for the time she spends with her family, including 15-month-old daughter Kaija.

At the same time, the softball coach in Lane is grateful to be able to continue teaching the sport she loves.

The former St. Francis University women’s softball coach and one-time Northeast Conference Coach of the Year recently joined ERA Sports Inc.’s staff and will coordinate a 12-week winter softball program at ERA’s two indoor facilities in Richland Township and Altoona.

“My daughter is just

15 months old and I can’t imagine missing some of the things I would be missing if I still was coaching at the college level,” said Lane, who coached five seasons at St. Francis, leading the Red Flash to

86 victories, and also once coached professional softball with the Philadelphia Force.

“My dad passed away this summer and it helped me to realize that family is more important and I would do anything to be with my daughter more.

“Luckily the opportunity at ERA was there at the right time.”

Rick Roberts, an ERA co-founder with former major leaguer Mike Holtz, believes Lane’s arrival comes at a perfect time for the two indoor training facilities.

“Sabrina brings a level of knowledge and expertise to our softball program,” Roberts said.

 “We built up the baseball program and added softball in recent years, and Sabrina will only make the program better.”

Lane played collegiately at Gannon University.

She began coaching as a graduate assistant at Edinboro, where she went for her master’s degree.

She later was an assistant coach on the Danish National Team for a summer and later spent three seasons at Saginaw Valley State.

In her second season at St. Francis, she was named NEC Coach of the Year after leading the Flash to their first NEC Tournament appearance since 2002.

She was an assistant on the Philadelphia Force pro team that went 31-17.

These days, Lane resides in Ebensburg with husband Bill Graham, who is the softball coach at IUP, and Kaija.

“I believe softball has always been a part of the idea behind ERA but they have always had baseball instructors,” said Lane, who begins the winter program on Dec. 7.

“With myself along with former and current college softball players, we are much more softball specific. We run out of the Johnstown and Altoona facilities, which is helping us reach more softball players.

“As a college coach in central Pennsylvania I saw the level of softball overall better in other areas, and I am hoping to make a difference and change that,” she added.

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