September 13, 2012

Merrimack Names Jim Cardello Head Softball Coach

NORTH ANDOVER, MA – Jim Cardello has been named the head softball coach at Merrimack College, as announced by Interim Director of Athletics Dean O'Keefe Thursday.

"I'd like to thank those involved in the search, Dean O'Keefe, Monique LeBlanc and Brad Davis for believing in me and for the opportunity to lead the Merrimack softball program," said Cardello. "I believe in the College and department's missions, based upon Augustinian values and principles mirror my personal beliefs and background, and I am excited to bring those principles to the field. I look forward to working with the student-athletes right away to develop our plan to challenge for the Northeast-10 Championship."

Cardello is a seven-year coaching veteran of collegiate softball programs and a 13-year coaching veteran.

"After a very extensive search, Jim emerged as the perfect candidate because of his dedication, passion, knowledge and enthusiasm," said Interim Director of Athletics Dean O'Keefe. "We look forward to seeing Jim continue to build on the great tradition of Merrimack softball."

A Litchfield, New Hampshire native, Cardello was a former assistant coach at UMass Lowell from 2009-11, where he raised the team's batting average from .229 to .311 in one season as the program's hitting coach. Formerly a two-year assistant coach at Tufts University from 2007-09, he was part of a coaching staff that led the Jumbos to an 85-13 record, two NCAA Tournament berths and one World Series trip in two seasons.

Cardello currents own the Play the Game indoor baseball and softball facility in Manchester. He also coached the ASA's Granite State Gamers and the Nashua High School softball program over the last three years.

Cardello replaces Jill Karwoski who resigned in August after one season as head coach.

A graduate of Southern New Hampshire, he is the only freshman in school history to win the team's Most Valuable Player award.  Cardello is married to his wife Cheryl and has two children, Haleigh, 14, and James, 12.