A10 Softball Blog

An Atlantic 10 Conference Softball Fan Blog written from a fan's perspective. It is not affiliated with the conference or any of the teams.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

2014 Summer Update

If you have any sort of news, please email us at atlantic10softball@gmail.com. Please send recruiting updates and summer stats.

2015 Scheduling News
St. Bonaventure will have a challenging slate in 2015, as the Bonnies will head to tournaments at Tennessee State, Hawaii, Coastal Carolina, and Winthrop. At the Tennessee State tournament, the Bonnies will face Tennessee State, Miami, Bradley, Loyola Marymount, and Northern Kentucky. In Hawaii, the Bonnies will face Hawaii, Virginia Tech, Columbia, and Western Illinois. St. Bonaventure will also have non-conference matchups against Pitt, Canisius, Niagara, Youngstown State, Robert Morris, and Marist in 2015.

There will also be no A10 team at the Mary Nutter Classic in 2015.

Coaching Moves
Danielle Henderson was named head coach of UMass-Lowell
UMass great and 2000 Olympian Danielle Henderson accepted the head coaching position at UMass-Lowell. Henderson will do great work in building this young program up and this is a squad that's definitely worth keeping an eye on.

George Washington assistant and recruiting wiz Dan Sperl returned to Jacksonville University as an assistant coach. Sperl is responsible for many of the Colonials recruiting wins over the past few years and he definitely raised the bar for recruiting in the A10.

After Bob Baxter retired this offseason, Bridget Orchard completed her staff by adding Notre Dame great Laura Winter. Winter's experience with movement pitches and changing speeds will be huge for the Rams' talented staff of Michele Daubman, Rachel Gillen, Patti Maloney, and Lauren Quense.

Dayton hired Sarah Willis as its new pitching coach. Willis replaces Sarah Harman who left to become the head coach of Marion Military Institute. Willis comes from SEMO, where she served as an assistant after finishing her playing days at Texas Tech.

Former Temple coach Joe DiPietro landed on his feet at Hampton University. After an incredibly difficult final season at Temple, it's great to see him land on his feet.

Current Coaching Vacancies
Dayton Assistant Coach (to replace Katie Campbell)
George Washington Assistant Coach (to replace Dan Sperl)
George Washington Assistant Coach (to replace Stef Call)
UMass Assistant Coach (to replace Danielle Henderson)
St. Joseph's Assistant Coach (to replace Monica Aguilar)

New Players
Rhode Island's complete freshmen class has been announced, as Paige Julich, Bri Castro, Kylie Shivery, Madi Housel, and Jess Proia will be joining the Rams. In addition, Andrea Chiaradio and CW Post transfer Dana Moss will be joining the Rams.

Fordham softball has added two huge transfers in Lindsay Mayer and Ally Vergona. Bridget Orchard needs to replace Elise Fortier and Gabby Luety in 2015 and Mayer and Vergona will play big part in that. Mayer is an outstanding defensive shortstop who is no slouch at the plate either. Vergona is a solid catcher who figures to compete for time with Kayla Lombardo, Stephanie Ferri, and Claudia Law. The Rams are the deepest team in the league right now and are looking poised for another title.

La Salle has added Hartford transfer Mackenzie Obert. Obert is a talented player who started every game for the Hawks last season. She should definitely be an impact performer for the Explorers.

Leaving Players
Ashley Dumoulin will not be returning to URI in 2015. Dumoulin has transferred to Louisiana-Monroe.

Recent La Salle graduate Emily Moran was featured in the NCAA's Champion magazine for the speech she gave at La Salle's graduation. This Explorer has big things in her future.