About the Coaches:
Head Coach Nicole Vitello
The 2011 season will mark Nicole Vitello's fourth year as the Washington & Jefferson College head softball coach. The 2008 Presidents' Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, Vitello holds a 57-61 record with the Presidents, including a 22-20 mark in PAC games.
Since Vitello's arrival on campus, 11 Presidents have earned all-conference recognition, including 2008 PAC Player of the Year center fielder Amanda Howard and 2009 Academic All-America first baseman Valerie Schultz.
The 2008 season marked her first as a collegiate head coach and the Presidents enjoyed their best season in school history. Vitello was named the PAC Coach of the Year after guiding W&J to a school-record 28 victories. W&J also claimed the regular-season Presidents' Athletic Conference title and hosted the PAC Tournament for the first time in school history.
W&J earned the No. 2 seed and hosting rights for the ECAC Division III Southern Tournament. The Presidents appeared in the postseason event for only the third time in history.
Vitello spent the 2006-2007 school year at Allegheny College as the assistant softball coach. She helped the Gators win the NCAC Championship and advance to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Vitello was a four-year letterwinner in softball at Division I SUNY-Binghamton where she earned a bachelor’s degree in human development and education in 2006. She is a two-time America East Conference Player of the Year (2004, 2005).
Vitello holds the school’s single-season home run record with seven and led the squad in runs batted in as a junior and senior.
Assistant Coach Ashley Marinacci (724-503-1001, ext. 3023; [email protected]
Ashley Marinacci joins Nicole Vitello's softball coaching staff for the 2011 season.
A 2010 Bethany graduate with a degree in physical education, Marinacci was a four-time All-Presidents' Athletic Conference choice for the Bison. She earned second-team honors during her first two seasons and collected first-team accolades as a junior and senior.
During the 2010 season, Marinacci was selected to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District Team. She also worked the California University of Pennsylvania Softball Camp this summer and spent three years as a student athletic trainer for the Bethany varsity soccer team.
A native of Bellaire, Ohio, Marinacci has previous experience as a coach for the Road Runner Power 14u and 18u travel teams.