Jim Cardello enters his third season as Head Softball Coach at Merrimack in 2014-15.
The longtime coaching veteran has coached the Warriors to back-to-back 21-win campaigns in his first two seasons on campus, including a 21-20 mark in 2014 that featured the Warriors' first postseason appearance in three years.
Finishing the year ranked third in the Northeast Division, Merrimack posted its first playoff win since the 2011 season after defeating Bentley in the opening round of the NE-10 Championship. The Warriors would bow out to reigning league champion Adelphi in 10 innings in the league's quarterfinal rounds but were one of the most dangerous teams in the conference down the stretch, finishing the season with a 12-5 record over the final 17 games. Merrimack also enjoyed incredible success in North Andover last spring, as the Warriors posted a 10-1 record at home in 2014.
Hired in September of 2013, Cardello led the Warriors to a 21-22-1 overall mark in his first season guiding the program, barely missing a postseason berth that year. At the individual level, Cardello's 2013 squad produced an All-American and three all-conference honorees.
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 currently 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.
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.