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 of 2016, she married Matt Gage-- a left-handed pitcher for the San Francisco Giants’ AA affiliate (Richmond Flying Squirrels) and younger brother of Southern Vermont head baseball coach Dave Gage ’10.
Camille Engelstad became an assistant for Coach Gage and the Southern Vermont softball team prior to the start of the 2017 season. She brings a wealth of knowledge about the game to the Mountaineer program including Division I playing experience.
Engelstad was a four-year player at the College of the Holy Cross and was the captain of the Crusaders in her senior season of 2012. She is not limited to knowing how to play any number of positions on the diamond as she spent time in all nine defensive spots at some point of that ‘12 campaign. She ranks 10th on Holy Cross’ all-time steals list (19), and she earned Patriot League All-Tournament Team honors in 2011. She was also successful in the classroom, earning her way to the 2012 Patriot League All-academic Team with her grades. More recently, Engelstad has worked as an individual pitching instructor over the past two years.
Camille is the second Engelstad to work for Southern Vermont Athletic— being married to Dan who is SVC’s head men’s basketball coach. She graduated from Holy Cross in 2012 with her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Camielle and Dan married on September 6, 2015 and welcomed their daughter, Laney Anne-Marie, to the world in late June of 2017.