ADRIAN, Mich. – The Adrian College athletic department has announced the hiring of Ashley Marinacci (mair-in-ACE-ee) as the head softball coach effective July 1. Marinacci comes to Adrian after a stint at St. Catharine College as assistant coach since August 2014. She was involved in all aspects of the program and helped coach the team to the best postseason run in the sixth year as a four-year program. She mentored two Mid-South Conference First Team and three Mid-South Second Team members in her one season at the NAIA institution.
"We are very pleased to find Ashley and believe she will bring some stability to our softball program," said athletic director Michael Duffy. "We have had some winning seasons but are striving for a MIAA championship. Ashley has a great demeanor and will motivate our student-athletes. We have a great group of student-athletes returning and hopefully Ashley can build better team chemistry."
Marinacci began her coaching career at Washington & Jefferson College (Pa.) serving as first assistant. She was the primary pitching and outfield instructor and coached first base. Marinacci returned to her alma mater Bethany College (W. Va.) as a graduate assistant coach beginning in 2011. She helped lead over a dozen players receiving all-conference accolades including an All-American recipient. Her primary duties included preparing scouting reports, designing practice plans and coordination of recruiting.
"I am very excited to begin this journey at Adrian College," said Marinacci. "I'd like to thank the administration for having faith in me to continue on a winning tradition here at Adrian. I am looking forward to getting to know the team and having a positive effect on their lives. I will have the student-athletes best interest in mind and want to groom them for life after softball."
Ashley had an extremely successful playing career picking up all-conference awards every year. Marinacci is also currently in the top ten rankings of several school records at Bethany, most notably number one in single season assists.
Marinacci joins the Bulldogs having earned a Bachelor of Science in physical education from Bethany College, Master of Science in sports management from California University (Pa.) and a Master of Arts in teaching from Bethany College.