Aug. 9, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Army head softball coach Michelle DePolo announced the hiring of Ty Singleton and Chelsea Cantillo to her staff on Thursday. Singleton will serve as the team's hitting and outfield coach with Cantillo handling infield duties.
"I am thrilled to welcome our two new additions who bring a great deal of experience and success which will serve our future well," noted DePolo, who is entering her fifth season as head coach. "Among the three of us, the staff is very well-rounded and poised to compliment each other well. "
Singleton returns to the coaching ranks following a stellar 16-year career that included 10 seasons as a head coach at Northwestern State (La.), Missouri and most recently New Mexico. During that span, he guided his programs to four NCAA Tournament appearances and 274 wins.
He comes to Army after spending four years at UNM (2007-10) where he led the Lobos to their highest win total (nine) in the Mountain West Conference his first year at the helm. The following year, UNM recorded its most wins (25) since 2004. Eighteen of his student-athletes earned Academic All-MWC honors with six named scholar-athletes.
Previously, he served four years (2003-06) at the University of Missouri, where he compiled a 130-88 mark to include two 30-plus seasons highlighted by a 44-15 record in 2005 en route to leading the Tigers to their third straight NCAA Regional Tournament appearance. Mizzou ranked among the nation's offensive leaders that year, listing second in slugging percentage, third in doubles, fourth in home runs, 13th in triples and 25th in team batting average. Singleton, named the Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2003, compiled a 130-88 overall record and 42-18 conference mark.
Singleton met with instant success in his first head coaching position at Northwestern State (La.). He led the Demons to a 75-45 mark over a two-year span highlighted by a school record 45 wins and a trip to the 2002 NCAA Regionals after capturing the Southland Conference Tournament title his final year. His teams led the SLC in nine offensive categories and eight defensive categories while shattering 12 school records and earning 11 all-conference selections.
Prior to taking over the NSU program, Singleton was an assistant coach at the University of Texas, where he helped produce seven All-Americans, after breaking into the collegiate coaching ranks at Azusa Pacific University.
Singleton earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Portland in 1992 where he helped the Pilots baseball team capture the Northern Pac-10 championship. He went on to obtain a Master of Arts degree in Theology four years later from Fuller Theological Seminary.
Singleton and his wife Kristin have two sons, Riley (12) and Zachary (8).
"With his wealth of experience from all over the country and types of programs, Ty is exactly what I was looking for in a new staff member," noted DePolo. "His experiences as a head coach are going to be an invaluable asset to both myself and the program at large. Both on the field and off the field, Ty possesses all the intangibles we need in coaches to move the program forward.
"Additionally, Chelsea brings another dynamic to the program with experiences at very different programs, but still being relatively close to her own playing days at Georgia. Chelsea brings a strong softball pedigree playing with the OC Batbusters and Georgia before entering the coaching ranks. The use of her strengths should round out the staff nicely."
Prior to joining Coach DePolo's staff, Cantillo held a similar position at Bowling Green staff where she helped the Falcons earn a berth in the Mid-American Conference en route to posting 27 wins last year. Cantillo started her collegiate coaching career in 2011 at Utah State University where she worked primarily with the infielders. She helped guide the team to 33 home runs and 215 runs scored, and was instrumental helping three members of the squad earn All-Western Athletic Conference honors. It was the Aggies largest contingent since joining the WAC in 2006.
Cantillo enjoyed a successful career at the University of Georgia (2006-07) leading the Bulldogs to runner-up honors at the NCAA Regionals in Lincoln, Neb., and Athens, Ga. As a freshman in 2006, she ranked second with a .354 batting average with 32 runs batted in on a team that finished 54-15 and 24-6 in the Southeastern Conference. She earned All-SEC second team honors along with being named to the All-Freshman squad. The following year, the Bulldogs posted a 46-28 mark.
Prior to earning her degree in sociology in 2009, Cantillo worked as a student coach and student strength and conditioning advisor her final two years. Following her graduation from Georgia, Cantillo broke into the coaching ranks at Aliso Niguel High School (2009-10). She is currently working toward her master's degree in education from Utah State.
A native of Santa Ana, Calif., Cantillo enjoyed an outstanding high school career at Foothill where she was a two-time first-team All-Sea View League selection, an all-county pick and the team's MVP. Her father, Joe Cantillo, served 23 years before retiring from the U.S. Army.