Meaghan Asselta Named Lafayette Head Softball Coach
July 21, 2010
EASTON, Pa. - Meaghan Asselta has been named the head coach of the Lafayette softball program Director of Athletics Bruce McCutcheon announced Wednesday morning.
Asselta joins Lafayette after serving as head coach at Manhattan College from 2006-09 and the 2010 season as the assistant softball coach at the University of Rhode Island.
"We are excited to be taking on someone with the experience that Meaghan has," McCutcheon said. "She has been successful in her coaching stops and we feel she is someone who fits well into the mission for our athletic department."
Prior to her arrival to URI, Asselta spent three years as the head coach at Manhattan College, where she helped lead the Jaspers to the Semifinals of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) tournament in 2009.
The 2009 team also recorded a school-record 11 conference wins and earned a share of the MAAC regular-season title for the first time in the program's history. Asselta was named the 2009 Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year following that run.
"I feel privileged to be associated with a prestigious institution like Lafayette College," said Asselta. "I am honored to be a part of such a talented group of softball players and I'm truly looking forward to guiding these student-athletes to the program's first Patriot League Championship."
From 2005 until her arrival at Manhattan, the Ramsey, N.J., native served as head coach of the 18U Gold Fall/Summer Pride softball team, a club team that competed in numerous elite College Showcase Tournaments nationwide. While at the gold level, she's coached 14 players to date, who have received Division I scholarships.
She began her coaching career in 2003 after graduating from Rutgers University with a degree in Exercise Science & Sports Studies while playing from 2001-03, serving as the team captain her junior and senior year. Asselta was named to the NJ All-Century Softball Team-Shortstop by the Star Ledger in 1999.
From 2003-05, Asselta served as varsity head coach of Montclair Kimberley Academy in Montclair, N.J., where she led her squad to back-to-back state championships in 2004 and 2005. She guided her team a top five ranking in the Newark Star Ledger's end of year softball rankings during each of her two seasons at the helm of the Cougars and was named the 2005 Coach of The Year. Asselta also coached a season at Drew University from 2005-06.
The Leopards are coming off a year in which they went 15-33. The Leopards advanced to the Patriot League Tournament in four of the previous five seasons and return 12 letterwinners for the 2011 campaign.
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