De la Haba Named Lafayette Head Softball Coach

July 17, 2017

EASTON, Pa. - Caitlyn de la Haba, an assistant coach at George Mason the past two seasons, has been named head coach of Lafayette’s softball program, Lafayette Director of Athletics Bruce McCutcheon announced Monday afternoon.

“It’s with great excitement that we introduce Caitlyn de la Haba as our new head softball coach,” McCutcheon said. “Caitlyn brings exceptional experience to the post having played and coached in the Big East, Atlantic 10 and Patriot League. Caitlyn also brings great energy and passion dedicated to graduating student-athletes who compete and contribute at the highest level in the classroom, on the field and in the community. We look forward to the softball program flourishing under Caitlyn’s leadership.”

De la Haba, who worked primarily with the George Mason pitching staff, helped guide the Patriots to their second Atlantic 10 tournament appearance this past season. One of her pitchers, sophomore Marina Vitalich, earned Atlantic 10 Co-Pitcher of the Year, third-team All-Region and first-team Virginia SID All-State honors after finishing first in the conference in ERA (1.87) in 195 innings pitched.

“I am extremely excited to be the next head softball coach at Lafayette,” de la Haba said. “I want to thank Bruce McCutcheon and the rest of the athletic department for the incredible opportunity to lead this program. Lafayette provides the ideal setting for student-athletes to succeed in the classroom, on the field and in the community, which is what makes it such a unique and desirable institution. I believe my experiences as a player and coach have prepared me for this moment, and I am grateful to be a member of the Lafayette family. I am looking forward to meeting the players and working with them to accomplish their vision of being Patriot League Champions.”

De la Haba made an immediate impact on the George Mason softball program, helping the Patriots’ pitching staff improve in every statistical category from the previous season.

De la Haba arrived at George Mason after an assistant coach stint at Lehigh, where she spent nearly two years. Two of de la Haba’s main responsibilities were to coordinate recruitment and monitor student-athletes’ academic success to ensure compliance. In addition, she has been a softball instructor in Pennsylvania and Virginia for more than 10 years, preparing players at various positions and ages for the next level of competition.

The Ashburn, Va. native had an illustrious playing career that started at Broad Run High School, where she was a four-year starter (final three seasons as the pitcher) and compiled an overall record of 82-1, helping the Spartans to a No. 1 national ranking by USA Today. With de la Haba on the mound, the team registered 65 shutouts, 26 no-hitters and 13 perfect games.

After her high school performances earned her back-to-back Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year honors in 2007 and 2008, De la Haba enrolled at Villanova, where she was the team leader in appearances during each of her four seasons. She finished her Villanova career as the all-time leader with 75 complete games, third all-time in strikeouts (660) and fifth in career victories after winning 55 games with the Wildcats.

Exceptional in the classroom as well as on the field, de la Haba earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Villanova in 2012 and regularly earned a spot on the Dean’s List. The former Communication Honor Society member earned a plethora of academic recognition such as Big East Honor Roll and Academic All-Star honors, as well as being named as an All-American Scholar Athlete by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. During her coaching tenure at Lehigh, de la Haba continued her education and earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership in January 2014.