La Salle Tabs Brooke Darreff Head Softball Coach

By Atlantic 10 Conference

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PHILADELPHIA – Brooke Darreff, a former Atlantic 10 Player of the Year who served on the coaching staff at her alma mater Saint Joseph's University for five seasons, has been named the head softball coach at La Salle University, Director of Athletics Bill Bradshaw announced on Thursday.

The eighth coach in the history of La Salle's program, Darreff was promoted to Associate Head Coach and was tabbed Interim Head Coach at St. Joe's for the final five weeks of 2017, leading the team to the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Championship.

"We are excited to have Brooke join us at La Salle," Bradshaw said. "She has an impressive background as a player and coach in the Atlantic 10, and the job she did as interim head coach at Saint Joseph's last season caught the eye of our committee. Her local ties and enthusiastic approach will help recruit high quality student-athletes to our softball program."

Darreff was tasked with developing and executing practice plans throughout the 2017 season, and has also been a point person for recruiting, travel, budgets, scheduling, alumni outreach and fundraising during her tenure.

"I am extremely excited to be a part of a wonderful institution with such a rich history of athletics in Philadelphia," Darreff said. "I am honored and thankful to Mr. Bradshaw and the rest of the athletics staff for giving me such a great opportunity to build and grow the softball program at La Salle. I am looking forward to working with these passionate and motivated young women in their quest for an Atlantic 10 championship!"

On the field, she has coached the hitters, infielders, outfielders and catchers while at SJU, and helped guide the Hawks to five straight Atlantic 10 Championship appearances, including a pair of runs to the title game in 2013 and 2016.

In 2013, Saint Joseph's finished the season with a 37-10-1 record and a school-record winning percentage of .781. The Hawks went 7-1 against Big 5 opponents that year, eventually dropping a heartbreaking 6-5 decision to Fordham in the A-10 title game.

Three years later, the Hawks had two opportunities to earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament but fell to the Rams in a pair of closely-contested games.

Before returning to St. Joe's, Darreff began her coaching career as a graduate assistant at Temple in 2012. She was directly responsible for coaching the catchers and infielders, and instructed All-American catcher Stephanie Pasquale. Pasquale hit .313 and threw out 32.6 percent of baserunners attempting to steal en route to First Team All-10 honors.

As a player, Darreff enjoyed a decorated career with the Hawks, earning all-conference honors on three occasions. As a sophomore, she garnered A-10 Player of the Year accolades, hitting a league-best and program record .461 and compiling an outstanding .536 on-base percentage.

She is one of just seven players in program history to amass 100 hits and 100 RBIs, and her 114 career runs batted in rank fifth all-time.

In the classroom, the Hartsville, Pa., native who starred at Central Bucks South High, was a member of the Saint Joseph's Athletic Director's Honor Roll and was the recipient of the Class of 1950 Award, which is presented to the university's top senior female athlete.

She was chair of SJU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and won the 2010 Atlantic 10 Sporting Award, presented to a male and female student-athlete who exemplifies good sportsmanship.

Darreff graduated with a bachelor's degree in Psychology in 2010 and is pursuing a master's degree in Organizational Development and Leadership.
What They're Saying About Brooke Darreff
Don DiJulia, Director of Athletics at Saint Joseph's
"Brooke has been a valuable contributor to the success of the Hawk Softball program, first as an invaluable team captain and scholar-athlete, then as an Associate Head Coach. She will be missed on Hawk Hill but wish her the best and know that La Salle will inherit a high character person with a strong work ethic, and a relentless pursuit to succeed."

Roy Kortmann, Head Softball Coach at LIU Brooklyn; Nine-Time Northeast Conference Coach of the Year 
"Brooke is one of the game's outstanding young coaches. A terrific teacher of the game, solid recruiter, well-liked by her peers and a terrific role model for student-athletes. La Salle has found a solid leader for their softball program."

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