Army head softball coach Michelle DePolo added former Boston College pitching sensation Nicole D'Argento as an assistant coach on the Black Knights' coaching staff Tuesday. It is the first collegiate coaching position for D'Argento, who helped the Eagles to their first 30-win season since 2008 as a team captain this spring.
"We are thrilled to welcome a Nicole to our staff this year," said DePolo, the second winningest softball coach in school history. "As a student-athlete she did it all. In addition to her pitching accolades, she played several positions in the infield and was a mainstay in the heart of Boston College's lineup.
Additionally, her success in the classroom and her ability to stand out as a distinct leader among her peers all culminate into making her a great fit for our staff."
D'Argento helped Boston College post its most wins (12) in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) her final year on the diamond. Defensively, the right-hander compiled career marks for wins (18), earned-run average (2.70), appearances (41), innings pitched (205), starts (35) and completions (14), along with holding opponents to a .246 batting average. Just as versatile offensively, D'Argento drove in 26 runs for the second highest total on the team while compiling a .250 batting average.
A two-time All-ACC and National Fast-pitch Coaches Association's (NFCA) Division I All-Region Mid-Atlantic selection, D'Argento left her mark in several categories in Boston College's record book. She is the Eagles' all-time leader in starts (81), is second in appearances (129), innings pitched (544.2) and batters faced (2,439), lists fourth in strikeouts (461) and eighth in complete games (33).
Offensively, D'Argento closed out her collegiate career ranked second in walks (82), fifth in runs scored (95), sixth in on-base percentage (.308), seventh in total bases (234), eighth in slugging percentage (.462) and in at bats (507), ninth in RBI (91), 10th in hits (144) and 11th in batting average (.284).
D'Argento earned first-team all-region and All-ACC honors her junior year when she led the conference with five saves and ranked among its leaders in 20 statistical categories. Redshirted her senior year due to an injury, D'Argento was an all-region third-team pick and an All-ACC second-team selection as a graduate senior this past spring.
Just as proficient in the classroom, D'Argento earned the Athletic Director's Award for Academic Achievement in 2012, 2013 and 2014, and was an Academic All-ACC honor roll pick in 2011, along with selection to the 2014 All-ACC Academic Team.
As a freshman, D'Argento led her team with 128 strikeouts, set career marks the following year for home runs (11) and RBI (28). As a junior, she recorded career marks for hits (53), batting average (.340), slugging percentage (.564) and RBI (31).
A double major, D'Argento earned a bachelor's degree in Human Development and Mathematics/Computer Science in May of 2013 and a master's degree from the Woods School of Administrative Studies this past May.
"Nicole is a true student of the game and has been as diligent as possible during her playing career to prepare herself for a coaching career," added DePolo.
"Her hard work will bode well for everyone as she has an immediate impact on our program. Nicole has a very bright future in this profession and we are ecstatic that she has decided to bring her energy, eagerness and talents to our program."
A native of Ashland, Mass., D'Argento starred on the diamond at Ashland H.S., where she holds the school's all-time pitching record (62-0). She was named the Boston Globe's Player of the Year as well as Massachusetts' Softball Gatorade Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009. D'Argento also appeared in Sports Illustrated in the "Faces in the Crowd" in 2009.