Less than a year after winning a Section 2-AAA title, Trinity is searching for a new head softball coach.
Mike Marino submitted his letter of resignation last Thursday, ending his one-year stay as head varsity coach. The Hillers won the section last year with a 12-5 record before being eliminated in the second round of the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs. Marino had been an softball assistant for almost two decades before replacing Bill Loar as head coach last January. The search for a new coach has begun and the opening will be posted in the coming days.
The move came at an interesting time for Trinity, whose roster includes two NCAA Division I recruits. Junior shortstop Olivia Gray has committed to Pitt and sophomore catcher Delaney Elling Penn State is a Penn State commit.
Trinity athletic director Bobby Jones said that while Marino’s decision was no surprise, it is disappointing for a program that is trending upward.
“He did a tremendous job and it is a big loss for our athletic program,” Jones said. “Our softball team certainly benefited from his presence. We are looking for a very qualified coach for those girls. It was certainly disappointing because he did a great job. He wanted to focus his time on other things and other endeavors.”
The Hillers had a successful run into the WPIAL playoffs last season. After winning the section title, Trinity defeated Brownsville, 13-3, in the first round of the tournament. Their run did not last long though, as the Hillers were defeated by West Mifflin in the second round, 9-5.
Jones must act quickly to find Trinity’s next coach. The first practice date is March 3 and the first play date is three weeks later.
Trinity completed a worst-to-first transition in 2013, going from 2-8 and last place in 2012 to a section title.