Sarah Jamo, a former star pitcher at the University of Maine, is returning to coach the softball team at Greely, her high school alma mater.

Athletic Director David Shapiro said the appointment of Jamo, who led the Rangers to the Class B state championship in 2002 when she was known as Sarah Bennis, became official Wednesday.

“We are very fortunate to have someone of her caliber,” Shapiro said. “It’s rare you can have that caliber of coach with her experience in high school and in college to be able to come back to the fold here.”

During her four years as the starting pitcher at Greely, Jamo led the Rangers to three consecutive appearances in the regional final. In 2002 she pitched four shutouts in tournament competition to lead Greely to its first Class B state championship.

Following her graduation from Greely, Jamo served as Maine’s starting pitcher for four seasons. The Black Bears qualified for the playoffs each of those seasons. In 2004, Maine won the America East championship, earning a trip to Nebraska to play in an NCAA Division I regional.

In 2003, Jamo was named to the America East all-rookie team. She also was named to the America East first team in 2005 and ’06.

In 2004 and ’05 she was named to the conference’s all-tournament team.

Following her graduation from the Black Bears in 2006, Jamo served as an assistant softball coach at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass., for two seasons.

“Obviously, softball has been a huge part of my life for a real long time, and I really wanted to go to the high school level and help players from that age group develop,” Jamo said.

“I really wanted my own team as well. I’ve been doing the assistant piece at college. I really wanted to get into the high school level and really see a team and a program develop.”

Jamo, who lives in Pownal, will replace Kelsey Bryant with the Rangers.

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