From NYU Athletics
Now-Allah James has been named Head Coach of the
New York University women's softball team, which is beginning as a
varsity program for the first time during the 2015 season.
James joins NYU after serving as the Head Softball Coach at Lehman College last season and as an assistant coach at Pace University from 2005-13.
"Coach James comes to us at a crucial time for NYU softball," said Christopher Bledsoe, NYU's Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of Athletics. "We had excellent conversation with him months ago when we began interviewing for our first head coach. We are very fortunate and I am extremely pleased that he is available to join us today. I am very confident in his leadership, knowledge, experience, and skill set. He is the right coach for NYU varsity softball."
In his one season at Lehman, James' squad posted a 12-21 record, an eight-win improvement (4-24) from the previous season.
In his nine seasons as an assistant at Pace, James helped lead his teams to five 20-win seasons (2008-12), including a 29-19 record in 2008.
"I am honored and privileged for this opportunity at one of the finest universities in the world," James said. "I look forward to the challenge of building a winning program and adding to the great tradition of NYU athletics."
A 2000 Pace graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, James was a four-year member of the Setters' football team. He also served as a Resident Assistant for three years and a Resident Director for three years on Pace's Pleasantville, NY, campus. James joined the Pace Athletics Department staff in 2001 and served as the Assistant Facilities Manager for two years and then Department Equipment Manager from 2004-13.
Also a certified personal trainer. James went on to earn a Master's in Public Administration from Pace in 2003.
In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, James also served as Head Coach within the Hudson Valley Express Organization (2009-13) and as Assistant Coach of the Hudson Valley Empire State Team (2008-10).