Monday, September 29, 2014
“The appointment of Kim Griffin was part of our succession plan and her work with the team has demonstrated that she is the right person to lead our softball program,” Maher said. “Kim worked under Mike Rappl here for seven years as an assistant, and she understands and appreciates the tradition of Canisius softball. She has proven in her time as both an assistant coach and as the program’s interim coach that she is ready to take the next step in her professional career.”
Kim Griffin released the following statement:
“I am honored and excited to have the chance to take over the Canisius softball program, a program that has produced 800-plus wins, numerous MAAC championships, 11 NCAA Tournament appearances and countless success stories both on and off the field,” Griffin said. “Being able to work with and learn from Mike Rappl for the past seven years has been an invaluable experience. His daily work ethic, knowledge of game and his ability to manage a successful team year in and year out has taught me what it takes to be a Golden Griffin and a champion. I am thankful and appreciative of the support I have received from our entire athletic department, which includes Director of Athletic Bill Maher, Senior Woman’s Administrator Traci Murphy, all of the other head coaches and our support staff. They have all been extremely helpful to me in making this professional transition enjoyable and exciting.”
Coach Griffin, who had served as an assistant under Mike Rappl, the winningest coach in the MAAC in any sport, since September of 2007, has led the Griffs to a perfect 8-0 record thus far in this fall season. Certainly she has big shoes to fill, but I'm sure she's learned a lot working with Coach Rappl.
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Monday, September 8, 2014
|Freshman pitcher Erika Mackie began her Canisius career with a shutout|
This was the first ever Canisius game, fall or spring, with a coach other than Mike Rappl in charge, as interim head coach Kim Griffin made her debut.
Friday, August 8, 2014
Another great verbal for Marist coming out of the state of Georgia; this time it's speedy outfielder Casey Page. Casey will begin her senior year at North Cobb high school in Kennesaw, GA next month; she currently has a career .541 batting average for the Lady Warriors. Casey has shown the ability to get on base frequently, and around the bases to score, with 73 runs her last two seasons. She's also a very accomplished base stealer, with 49 thefts in 52 attempts in her last two seasons. In the outfield, she uses her speed to get to fly balls; she committed no errors during her junior season. Casey plays travel ball with the Georgia Fire.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
With the stunning retirement of Canisius and Western New York softball icon Mike Rappl yesterday, the Golden Griffins have named his assistant Kim Griffin as interim head coach. Canisius Director of Athletics Bill Maher stated that he will announce a "permanent successor" in the near future. It was not clear if he would be looking outside the current coaching staff for that successor.
Kim Griffin, a graduate of and former softball player at division 2 Mercyhurst University, joined the Canisius coaching staff in the fall of 2007, helping the team win MAAC titles her first two seasons. She has had many duties with the Golden Griffins, including as pitching coach and first base coach during games. She has also been more involved in recruiting in recent seasons. Coach Griffin is a Western New York native, who played softball at Cleveland Hill high school.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Mike Rappl, who built the Canisius softball program from scratch, has announced his retirement from coaching today.
The seven time MAAC Coach of the Year ends his storied career with a record of 831-526, which includes 12 MAAC Championships.
More from the Canisius website here
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Kallen Leeseberg of Augusta, Georgia has verbally committed to play softball at Marist College beginning in the 2016 season.
One great pitcher from the state of Georgia worked out well for Coach Ausanio at Marist, so he went out and got another one! Kallen Leeseberg is a six foot tall right handed pitcher who just completed her junior season at Aquinas high school in Augusta. She's a high strikeout pitcher, fanning 1.8 batters per inning thus far in her career. She posted a 1.92 ERA last season, won 29 games over the last two years, and is considered one of the top pitchers in Georgia. She is also an accomplished hitter, with a career average of .533, and a career slugging percentage of .970. She also can run, stealing 19 bases out of 21 attempts. She's very athletic and plays basketball for Aquinas as well. Kallen currently plays travel ball with the Georgia Fire.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Madi is playing travel ball with the California Cruisers this summer, and will join Canisius in the fall.
Monday, June 23, 2014
Jackie Riley is a pitcher who just completed her junior season at Cardinal McCarrick high school in New Jersey. Jackie is a very hard thrower, averaging around two strikeouts per inning. She holds the school record for strikeouts per game, with 21 in a seven inning game this past season. Jackie isn't just a fast ball thrower; she has a full arsenal of pitches and displays great control, walking only 15 batters in 111 innings during her junior season. Her career ERA is currently 1.34, and has improved with each season. Jackie is also accomplished in the batter's box, she has hit over .400 for her career, and can hit for power and extra bases. She plays travel ball for the Central Jersey Lightning Gold.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Angelina plays travel ball with the New Jersey Heist, and will join Fairfield in the fall.
Toni is projected by coach Carroll to play in the outfield at Rider, and probably will eventually be the Broncs' leadoff hitter. Toni will play travel ball with the SoCal Wicked before joining Rider in the fall.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Erika will play travel ball with the TC Tremors this summer before joining the Golden Griffins in the fall.
Photo: Scranton Times-Tribune
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Jess will play travel ball this summer for the Connecticut Charmers Gold before joining the Iona Gaels in the fall.
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Kristen Filicia, Fairfield Stags
Eileen McCann, Iona Gaels
Kristen Turner, Iona Gaels
Taylor Kuzma, Marist Red Foxes
Full list here
Saturday, May 31, 2014
The Council of Presidents also confirmed that the softball tournament will continue to field six teams, terming it a success that resulted in "greater fan interest".
Monday, May 19, 2014
Sunday, May 18, 2014
This is the first of a series of articles highlighting the players who will begin their MAAC softball careers next season.
When infielder Paige Hess signed with the Siena Saints last November, she boasted a career batting average of .483 at Camp Verde High School in Gilbert, Arizona. She just completed her senior season at Camp Verde, resulting in an improvement of her already gaudy career average! Paige had a terrific senior season, which resulted in her being named to her All-Section team, batting .495. That pretty much maintained her yearly average, but she showed a marked improvement in her power numbers, hitting 10 home runs while driving home 43 in 29 games played. She produced an excellent slugging percentage of .949, and reached base over 50 percent of the time. She also hit 15 doubles. Paige had her best season in the field, with a .955 fielding percentage, helping to turn six double plays.
Paige Hess this fall will be joining a Siena team that had a record number of wins this past season, is graduating only one player (albeit a great one in Jessika-Jo Sandrini), and has an outstanding group of young recruits coming aboard. In the meantime, Paige will play travel ball this summer with the Arizona Hotshots.
Photo courtesy of: AzDew Photography - Dennis Webb
Friday, May 16, 2014
|Eileen McCann ended her career with a big bang|
Iona 4 (6)
The Iona Gaels season ended tonight when they lost 14-4 to Northwestern at the Seattle Regional. With the loss, the 2014 MAAC season also came to an end.
Believe it or not, the final score was not indicative of how close this game had been. In fact, it seemed for awhile that Iona was going to win it. The Gaels jumped to the early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when after Ashlyn Morris doubled, senior Eileen McCann ripped a pitch over the fence for a home run. The homer allowed her to tie the Iona record for career RBIs. She hit 3 for 3 in her final game, and made many nice plays in right field. Northwestern did come back to take a 4-2 lead, but a two out bases loaded single by senior Katie Jansson in the bottom of the third inning tied the game for the Gaels, who were hitting the ball hard, whether safely or not. But things fell apart for Iona with two outs in the top of the fourth, as Northeastern put up four runs. They would add another six runs in the top of the sixth inning to end the game early.
Iona finishes their season 24-24, and bids farewell to seniors Eileen McCann and Katie Jansson. And so another MAAC season comes to an end; it was one filled with weather problems and cancellations, but also one with a very entertaining conference tournament.
|Sarah Schutz had the Gaels' only hit|
#12 Washington 8
Iona 0 (6)
The MAAC champion Iona Gaels lost their first game of the Seattle Regional to the host #12 Washington late Thursday night 8-0.
The first inning of this game saw Iona fall behind 5-0 to the Huskies. With two Washington runners on base, Iona pitcher Carly Argyle induced a simple fly ball out, but saw that taken away when the home plate umpire called an illegal pitch, the first such call to go against her all season. Carly walked that batter, and then the next which put Iona behind 1-0. Then Washington's Ali Aguilar drove a pitch over the fence, and the Gaels found themselves in a 5-0 hole. Iona would get only one base runner the whole game, that coming in the top of the second inning thanks to Sarah Schutz's infield single. Washington starter Kaitlin Inglesby shut the Gaels down the rest of the way, walking no one.
Iona will play Northwestern Friday at 6:30 pm EDT. The winner of that game will advance to another elimination game immediately following; the loser will see their season end.