Bentson named new RHS softball coach

Kim Bentson, a former standout at Brewster (N.Y.) High School who went on to play at Post University in Waterbury, has been named the new head softball coach at Ridgefield High, according to RHS Athletic Director Carl Charles.

Bentson, 23, replaces Pam Mazzarella, who resigned in January to take a full-time business job.

An infielder in high school and college, Bentson was named Post University’s Female Scholar Athlete of the Year for the 2011-2012 school year. She graduated from Post last May with a bachelor’s degree in biology and is currently pursuing a master’s in education at Post, where she works as a graduate assistant.

She was a softball instructor at Frozen Ropes in Danbury for five years (2007-12) and coached the Connecticut Fusion U-18 summer travel team in 2011. The job at Ridgefield will be her first time coaching at the high school level.

“She knows the sport really well, and I was impressed with her professionalism and maturity,” said Charles. “For a younger person, she is very composed.”

Bentson, who is planning to meet with returning Ridgefield players on March 14, has already identified some goals going forward at RHS.

“I want to help the players develop on the field and also help them get into colleges,” she said. “I hope we can get players ready for the next level.”

Ridgefield finished with a 10-11 record last spring, losing to Danbury, 1-0, in the first round of the Class LL state tournament.

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