Susan DeNillo was named the new head softball coach at Alfred State in December of 2016.
In her first season, the Pioneers had one athlete named USCAA All-American and three were honored by being named All-Independent.
DeNillo is excited for the new opportunity. "I am grateful to join the Alfred State family and I am looking forward to being with the team and helping them achieve their goals on and off the field. I want to thank Dr. Higgins, Greg Sammons, and the search committee for this opportunity. I look forward to working with everyone and helping build the Pioneer softball program."
Most recently, DeNillo served as the head softball coach at Alderson Broaddus University (Philippi, WV), a position she has held since the summer of 2015. At ABU, DeNillo managed all aspects of the program including team and individual player training, lifting and speed agility programs, recruiting, and travel , budget, and fundraising organization and execution. DeNillo also spent time as the Student Athletic Advisory Committee Coordinator.
In the 2016 season, DeNilo had one student-athlete named 2nd team All-Conference, another named to the All-team, and eight players recognized by being named Academic All-Conference.
At the NCAA DIII level, DeNillo served as an assistant coach at Allegheny College (Meadville, PA) for three years (2012-2015). During her time qualified for two conference championships tournaments and qualified for the NCAA Regionals in 2013.
DeNillo graduated from Clarion University (Clarion, PA) with a bachelor's degree in sports management and with minors in athletic coaching and business administration. She also has a master's degree in sport management studies - intercollegiate athletic administration from California University of Pennsylvania.
On the softball diamond, she played 99 games over three seasons at Clarion University. She was a three-year letter winner and two-time team captain. During the 2010-11 school year she also served as a student softball coach at Clarion.
DeNillo spent the summers between 2008 to 2012 coaching the Metro Express Softball program in Carnegie, PA and served as the head varsity softball coach at Penn Trafford High School in 2012. She has also worked with the National Softball Association of Western PA/WV as the assistant youth director from 2007 to 2012.
Off the softball diamond, DeNillo served as a resident life area coordinator and was the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) advisor at Allegheny. She was a student assistant and graduate assistant in the Student Recreation Center at Clarion and California.
"I am so happy for Susan and for Alfred State. Susan is one of the best people I know. She is passionate, knowledgeable, and one of the hardest working coaches you will have at Alfred State. Your softball program will move forward with her at the helm and your student-athletes will grow as young adults with a positive role model."