Sarah Pauly, former Islanders All-American and nine-year NPF veteran returned to her alma mater during the 2012 season to serve as the pitching coach.
As an Islander, Pauly became one of the top pitchers in the collegiate game, leading the team to three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances. Pauly was named Big South Pitcher of the Year and Big South Tournament Most Valuable Player, while earning All-Conference First-Team honors.
In her senior year, she finished with a 37-7 record and a 0.56 ERA. Her win total was the third-highest in the nation while her ERA was good for fourth in the NCAA. She was also second in strikeout ratio with 12.08 per seven innings and was third in strikeouts with 497 during the year while leading the team to the NCAA Regional in Austin.
The Phoenix native finished her collegiate career with a 112-46 record and is third in NCAA history with a strikeout ratio of 11.6 per seven innings. She is also ninth in career strikeouts with 1,370 in just three seasons, as the team was a provisional Division I member her freshman year.
Following her collegiate career, Pauly joined the National Pro Fastpitch Stratford Brakettes in 2006 and earned NPF Pitcher of the Year and NPF Most Valuable Pitcher honors. Following a runner-up finish in the league with the Brakettes, Pauly pitched for the 2007 NPF Champions, the Washington Glory. She earned All NPF Pitcher honors with a 13-6 record, while striking out 122 batters with a 1.35 ERA, to lead the team to the NPF championship title. In 2007 she trained with the USA National Team.
In 2008, Pauly helped lead the Glory back to the NPF finals, while leading the league in ERA and striking out 112 batters. In 2010 she joined the NPF Tour that traveled to over 15 college campuses to compete and helped the USSSA Florida Pride (formerly known as the Washington Glory) to their first NPF championship series title. The 2012 season marked Pauly’s fourth season with the USSSA Florida Pride and in 2011 she helped the squad to a runner-up finish. In 2012, Pauly tallied an 8-2 record with the Pride while striking out 51 batters in 61.2 innings. She was named to the Combat All-NPF Team. In 2013, she garnered her third NPF title and second with the Pride while being named to the All-Pro Team for the sixth time in her career. She tallied 90 strikeouts in 88 innings and finished with a 9-5 record. Her nine wins tied for second with Chicago's Andi Williamson and her 90 strikeouts ranked third in the league. She also finished in seventh place with a 3.18 ERA. Pauly joined the Pennsylvania Rebellion for the 2014 season and was named to the All-NPF Team, before being traded to the Akron Racers for the 2015 season.
Pauly began her coaching career in 2006 at Spartanburg Methodist College in Spartanburg, S.C., as a pitching coach. In her two years, she helped guide the team to a fifth-place finish in the 2008 JUCO National Tournament.
In 2009, Pauly joined the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C., where she spent two seasons as a pitching coach and led the Cougars to a second-place finish in conference play.
Pauly has held numerous pitching clinics and private lessons all over the U.S. She was a member of the Honda softball team in Japan in 2011.