Fredonia State 2012 alumna Gabrielle Ciccarello was been hired as an athletic assistant for the Utica College softball program.
She will assist Head Coach Pat Mineo with all facets of the program including scouting, recruiting, practice and game preparation, as well as day-to-day operations in the office.
In 2012, Ciccarello earned a Bachelor's of Science in Sport Management while a minoring in Business Administration at Fredonia State. She played four years of softball for the Blue Devils and she was a member of three straight All-Academic Teams in addition to being named to the Dean's List in 2010, 2011 and 2012. She played in 84 career games and registered 35 hits, while being part of 72 wins over four seasons. In 2011, she helped her team to 26 victories and an appearance in the SUNYAC Conference Tournament, while batting .300 in 28 games.
She brings several skills to the team from working as a sports specialist and care camp counselor at the YMCA of Greater Rochester. Skills such as leadership, management, planning and scheduling will all aid in assisting the team on and off the field. Ciccarello also spent time as an intern in the Fredonia State Sports Information Department under the tutelage of Jerry Reilly. During her time in the Sports Information Department she helped develop game-day programs, updated the athletics website, and helped with game-day management.
Most recently a resident of Sodus, N.Y., Gabrielle graduated from Greece Olympia High School with an 3.6 GPA. She is the daughter of Maribeth Weed and Tony Ciccarello. Her father is the head softball coach at SUNY New Paltz after several seasons as head coach at SUNY Geneseo.
Ciccarello joins a Pioneer program that closed out their most storied season in school-history last year with a school-record 34 victories, while breaking 17 different team records. The Pioneers won the Empire 8 Conference regular season title and the right to host the conference tournament for the first time in program-history. After finishing second in the conference tournament, the Pioneers earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time in program-history.