Michelle DePolo closed out her fourth season as Army's head coach and sixth as a member of the coaching staff and has had an unbelievable run. She reached the century mark with her second win in 2013 and currently has 133 as the second winningest coach in Army history.
DePolo breathed new life into Army's program in her first year at the helm, leading the Black Knights to a school-record 33 wins at the Division I level. Her team shattered that mark last year with 37 and is just two wins shy of that record this year.
In four short seasons at the helm, she has recorded three 30-plus win seasons, and this spring led Army to its first Patriot League title and NCAA bid in 11 years.
Her first season at the helm, she led the Black Knights to the 2010 Patriot League regular-season title, its third in school history and first since 1992.
Under her guidance, Army has reached the championship finals of the league tournament the past two years. Last year was the first time in six years.
DePolo's success on the diamond earned her Patriot League Coach of the Year honors her first year after leading Army (picked fifth preseason) to the regular-season title and tournament host. The Black Knights tied the school mark for conference victories (15) and overall wins (33), and closed out the season ranked No. 25 nationally in doubles per game and 58th in batting average.
In her first season, DePolo brought Army into the forefront of the league after being picked next to last in the preseason poll following her promotion to head coach on April 1, 2009, by former athletic director Kevin Anderson. The eighth head coach in Army softball history, DePolo assumed her new role that July when she took over the program from 19-year head coach Jim Flowers, who retired at the conclusion of the 2009 season. DePolo is the program's first female head coach at Division I and third overall.
In her second season at the helm, DePolo led her team to 28 wins and qualified for the league tournament for the second straight year. Three of her players combined to set five single-season records.
Army shattered the school mark with 37 wins posting its fourth 30-win season in school history in DePolo's third year The Black Knights closed out the regular season 14-6 (one win shy of tying the school conference mark set in 2010 and 2004) with the No. 2 seed in hand heading to the tournament where they reached the championship finals for the first time since 2006. Army garnered two of the league's four major awards with freshman Morgan Lashley setting conference history with her selection as Pitcher of the Year and Rookie of the Year. DePolo's team claimed seven of 11 player of the week citations as six went on to earn all-league honors with four named to the first team and two receiving second-team honors.
Twelve of her players have combined to earn 18 Patriot League all-star honors with seven claiming 11 first-team accolades. Army ranked first in pitching and fielding under DePolo in 2010 and listed second in the latter in 2011. Army was runnerup in batting, pitching and fielding in 2012.
In her final season as an assistant, she cut Army's ERA in half and continues to mentor the pitching staff.
DePolo had ties to West Point prior to joining the Black Knights in 2008. She was the head softball coach at the U.S. Military Academy Prep School in 2004. She led the squad to its best record in program history, including a pair of shutout victories over the defending junior college national champion. A nine-year coaching veteran, DePolo also worked on the coaching staffs at Georgian Court University (2004-05), Smith College (2005-06) and Amherst College (2006-07) working with pitchers and catchers.
During her playing days at Georgian Court, DePolo was a versatile performer, pitching and playing various positions in the infield and outfield. A two-year team captain, she led her team to four Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference titles, three Region X championships, three national tournament appearances and an ECAC crown. An All-CACC Tournament pick, DePolo compiled a 0.50 ERA in 2001, allowing just one base runner per inning along with a 4-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio.
A three-sport athlete, who also earned three letters in basketball and one in soccer, DePolo graduated magna cum laude from Georgian Court in 2003 with a degree in English. This past October, DePolo was inducted into her alma mater's Hall of Fame.
A Dean's List student every semester, she was named a Presidential Scholar and a National Dean's List recipient. She went on to earn a master's degree in Exercise and Sport Studies from Smith College in 2007.
The Little Silver, N.J., native lettered in softball, basketball and soccer at Red Bank Regional High School, and was named the school's Female Athlete of the Year following her senior year.
DePolo and her brother Steven are members of the coaching fraternity. He is a baseball coach at Red Bank Catholic H.S. in New Jersey. Her father, Rudolph DePolo, is a retired U.S. Naval Commander.
THE DEPOLO FILE
Georgian Court University (B.A., English, 2003)
Smith College ( M.S., Exercise and Sports Studies, 2007)
HALL OF FAME
Inducted into the Georgian Court University Hall of Fame (2012) Coaching
Experience 2009-Pres Army Head Coach
Led Army to 30-win seasons three times to include school-record 37 wins (2012)
Led Army to the 2013 Patriot League title, its first since 2002 and fifth overall
Led Army to runner-up honors at 2012 Patriot League Tournament
Captured 2010 regular-season Patriot League title, first since 1992 Patriot League Coach Of the Year (2010)
Three Players earned regional honors
Army garnered 38 Patriot League weekly honors
18 Patriot League All-Star Citations (11 First-Team)
11 Patriot League All-Tournament Citations
Eight players earned 11 Patriot League academic honors
Selected to represent CACC On NCAA Division II 40th Anniversary Tribute Team 2008-09 Army Assistant Coach
Army Players Earned Seven Patriot League All-Star Certificates
Player Earned Regional Honors
Qualified for 2008 Patriot League Tournament 2007 Amherst College Assistant Coach
Oversaw pitchers and catchers 2005-06 Smith College Assistant Coach 2004-05 Georgian Court Athletic Recruiting Coordinator
Coached pitchers and catchers 2003-04 USMA Prep School Head Coach
Led team to best record highlighted by a blanking doubleheader of 2003 Junior College national champion Brookdale Community College COLLEGIATE PLAYING EXPERIENCE 2000-03 Georgian Court
Pitcher who also played in the infield and outfield
Earned letters in softball, basketball and soccer
Served twice as team captain
Led team to four Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference titles
Three Region Championships & ECAC title
Three National Tournament appearances
All-CACC Tournament selection
Dean's List Student every semester & Presidential Scholar National Dean's List recipient