Paige Gage was named SVC's head softball coach in December of 2016. She came to Southern Vermont from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Pa. where she was an assistant coach for the Devils for a short stint. Prior to that, she was a volunteer assistant for her alma mater, Siena College, for the 2015-16 academic year.
In just her first year at the helm of the Mountaineer program, Gage led SVC to its second-ever postseason appearance. She also saw junior pitcher/outfielder Shea Wilson tie for the NCAA DIII statistical champion as being one of the hardest players to strike out.
Gage also worked as a professional hitting and pitching instructor at The Cages at the Mill in Williamstown, Mass. and as a coach for the Thunderstix Softball and Baseball Academy in her hometown of Wilmington, Delaware. Additionally, the SVC skipper spent four years as an instructor at the Diamond Fastpitch summer camp in Wilmington.
Gage spent her freshman year of college at Coastal Carolina University, a Division I program that is a member of the Sun Belt Conference. She then transferred to Siena where she had a highly-accomplished career as a three-year player for the Saints. She made three trips to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference playoff tournament with SC, winning a pair of games in the 2015 postseason as the Saints made a run for the title.
The first-time head coach made her mark throughout the Siena records books, ranking in the program’s top 10 for nine career statistical categories. Included in those, she graduated with the team’s second-best slugging percentage (.609) and tallied the fifth-most RBIs (97) in Saint history. She also registered the third-most doubles (38) and fourth-most home runs (21) for any player to ever wear the SC jersey. She concluded her collegiate career with a .351 batting average, that ranking fifth on the Siena record chart at the end of the 2015 season.
Gage graduated in ’15 with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. In late November 2016, she married Matt Gage-- a left-handed pitcher in the San Francisco Giants’ minor league system and younger brother of Southern Vermont Hall of Famer and former head baseball coach Dave Gage ’10.
Ashley Ciepiela was hired to assist Coach Gage and the Southern Vermont softball team in September 2017.
Coach Ciepiela came to SVC with a familiarity of the New England Collegiate Conference after being a standout player for Becker College from 2014-17. She graduated from Becker in May ‘17 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with a concentration sports management.
While a four-year member of Becker’s softball program, Ciepiela was a starting first baseman for the Hawks. She was named to the All-NECC Second Team in 2017—the same year in which she was a captain for the program and recipient of Becker’s Best Defensive Player of the Year Award. Ciepiela was selected for the Hawks’ Coaches Award in both 2015 and 2016, and she helped the College win its first NECC Softball Championship in ‘16.
Ciepiela represented Becker Softball on the College’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee during her tenure as a Hawk, and she helped facilitate event management in addition to assisting the Sports Medicine Department while not on the diamond. Each summer since 2015, she has worked at the Nike Sports Camp in Amherst, Mass.—teaching the game to girls ages 8-18. In the summer of 2018, Ciepiela will be an assistant director for the camp.