Marissa Mariano Giovannini
Head Coach
Softball Coaches
PHONE: (478) 757-5255 MOBILE: (716) 913-6228 EMAIL: mmariano@wesleyancollege.edu
Marissa Mariano Giovannini

The Wesleyan College Department of Athletics has announced that it has hired Marissa Mariano as its next head softball coach following the retirement of Dicky Hightower at the end of the 2017 season. Mariano is a 2010 graduate of Buffalo State College, where she played two seasons for the Bengals, and just this month, she has earned her Master's in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University Irvine. 

"I am thrilled and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of a college with such a strong tradition," remarked Mariano. "I look forward to building on a program that has the potential to be a major competitor within the USA South conference."

Mariano has held a number of coaching positions at the collegiate, high school, and club levels since 2009. Most recently, she served as head coach at both Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA (2016) and at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, PA (2015). While at Cedar Crest, her team won the most games in college history and earned their first ever playoff victory. 

"We had a strong pool of candidates that extended our search nationwide, but in the end, Marissa is exactly what our program needs," stated Wesleyan Associate Athletic Director Nicky DiMarzio.  "Her experience, knowledge, and professionalism impressed us from the first phone call, and our players connected quickly with her as the interview process continued. Through her experiences at another all women's school, her solid coaching and recruiting philosophy, and her proven record of success, we are excited to add her to our team here at Wesleyan. We look forward to the championship culture she will build as this team becomes a top contender in the USA South Conference."