Robert Soricelli joins the Mercy College softball coaching staff ahead of the 2016 season. Soricelli will coach the pitchers while also spending time working with hitters, handling some of the recruiting responsibility and coordinating camps and clinics.
"Rob comes to Mercy with a great background in fast pitch softball. Rob shares our desire to build a championship program here it at Mercy. His enthusiasm, knowledge and experience will make him a valuable member of our staff,” commented Head Coach Mike Fazio.
“During his 30 years playing and coaching he has not only excelled on a personal level, but his teams have experienced success on the national and international stage. I am excited to have him as part of the staff, where he will bring not only his knowledge of the game to our student athletes, but a winning attitude as well.”
The resident of Staten Island joins the coaching staff after serving as the Assistant Softball Coach/Recruiting Coordinator at Brooklyn College during the 2015 season. While a member of the Bulldogs coaching staff, Soricelli assisted in all aspects of sports program, practice preparation, field maintenance, home game management, scouting reports and recruiting. Soricelli also served as the lead bench coach, making in-game adjustments on both offense and defense.
Prior to joining Brooklyn College, Soricelli was a member of the coaching staff at Division III Fairleigh Dickinson University. Soricelli held the position of lead bench coach for the Knights and was the hitting and pitching instructor.
Soricelli got his start in the college softball coaching ranks at Sarah Lawrence during the 2013 season where he assisted the Co-Head Coach of the Year in the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (HVIAC). While a part of the Gryphons coaching staff, Soricelli was the lead pitching instructor, calling pitches during games and served as the team’s first base coach.
Soricelli also brings an impressive fast pitch softball playing career to the Mavericks, having been named an Amateur Softball Association (ASA) All-American five times and winner of five national titles, while also being inducted into the New York State ASA Hall of Fame in 2007. A draft pick of the New York Yankees, Soricelli was twice voted as one of the top 60 players in the county for Men’s fast pitch softball and was a two-time USA Men’s National Team Olympic Festival Participant.
Soricelli received a Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Farmingdale in 1981 and currently resides in Staten Island with his wife Lori and daughters Danielle and Joelle.