Deb Robitaille was named head coach of the SNHU softball program on May 31, 2005 and since then, has steadily built the Penmen into one of the top programs in the region. Robitaille spent six years as assistant softball coach before being promoted to head coach.
Over her first 12 seasons, Robitaille has posted a record of 266-213 (.555) and garnered Northeast-10 Coach of the Year honors four times (2006, 2007, 2013, 2015). Over her tenure as head coach the Penmen have made 10 Northeast-10 Tournament appearances and earned four NCAA berths (2006, 2014, 2015, 2016).
In 2016, the Penmen made their second consecutive trip to the NCAA Division II East Super Regional after a 29-15 campaign. Southern New Hampshire captured its fourth-straight Northeast Division title and advanced to the Northeast-10 Conference Championship final for the third year in a row. The Penmen toppled Le Moyne College in the NCAA East 1 Regional before falling to Adelphi University in the Super Regional.
In 2015, Southern New Hampshire once again reached unprecedented heights. The Penmen finished 35-9 overall, a program record for victories, and won its second straight Northeast-10 tournament title and third straight NE-10 Northeast Division regular season crown. Southern New Hampshire also advanced to the NCAA super regional for the first time. SNHU earned its highest-ever national ranking (No. 15) and senior Ali Maloof was named a Daktronics First Team All-American, the first in the history of the program.
The 2014 season saw SNHU go 31-15, and capturing its first NE-10 tournament title in addition to its second straight NE-10 Northeast Division regular season crown. Making the second NCAA appearance in program history, the Penmen battled eventual regional champion LIU Post to extra innings twice before finally succumbing 7-6 in 13 innings to be eliminated.
In 2013 SNHU won a then-program record 29 games, going 29-15, while capturing the NE-10 Northeast Division title and earning the right to host the Northeast-10 Conference tournament.
The winningest coach in program history, Robitaille won her 200th career game on April 19, 2014 against Bentley. Her 100th career victory came during a doubleheader sweep of Franklin Pierce on April 21, 2010.
Robitaille is a 1984 graduate of Manchester Memorial High School where she was a member of the girl's soccer team and collected first-team All-State honors as a senior. She also participated in the Lion's Cup All-Star game following her senior year.
The UNH-Manchester graduate served as girl's junior varsity soccer coach at Memorial High School from 1986 to 1995, before being named head girl's soccer coach at Concord High School in 1996. She spent three years at Concord and also served as goalkeeping coach at Keene State College during her final season with the Crimson Tide.
Robitaille also served as assistant women's soccer coach at the University for 15 seasons (1999-2013), helping guide the Penmen to a pair of NCAA berths.
Robitaille has also coached in the Manchester South Junior Soccer League and the U14 Granite State Travel League.