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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Al Dirschberger Is Now A Golden Griffin


Al Dirschberger will find himself surrounded this season by the blue and gold of Canisius College, as the Golden Griffins announced Wednesday that he will be joining Mike Rappl's staff as an assistant.

After coaching twenty plus seasons at Niagara, coach Dirschberger now will be in the dugout of that school's most fierce rival. Coach retired from his helm on Monteagle Ridge after this past season. For Canisius, they see their solid coaching staff get even better as they retool in an attempt to rise back to the top of the MAAC.

Of course, Niagara hired an ex Golden Griffin as their new head coach, so everything seems out of whack!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

very interesting how he retires, but continued coaching. I'm wondering how the NU softball team is feeling about this right now.

Anonymous said...

NU team is good with his decision. He is a good man and will make recruiting a tough challenge for the new coach. Especially in the NY area. I won't root for the Griffins but I do want to see him do well. He has been good to my daughter and a lot of young women. I will say this, NU is the dark horse in the MAAC this upcoming season. Still comes down to pitching for any team, however if any of the other pitchers can provide some quality innings besides what Kim does that offense that Dirschberger put together has potential to explode. That team, healthy offensively will score some runs and cause the defense to make mistakes. See you all soon!

Anonymous said...

YOU GOT THAT RIGHT!!!

Anonymous said...

My daughter is an incoming freshman softball player recruited by Coach Dirschberger. She does not worry about what she cannot control & focuses on what she can control. One thing that is very apparent is that she is extremely excited to be playing for Coach Hanover- Chan now. All I can say at this point is that NU's new coach has her focused & motivated. Her high school team won a state title & she feels Coach Hanover- Chan will guide NU to a MAAC title. Enough said...... Good luck NU Softball!

Anonymous said...

Dirschberger, Niagara and Canisius are being disingenuous with their use of the word "retirement"

WNY Softball said...

Niagara was looking to hire a full time coach. Coach Dirschberger never was full time; he has other positions in life.
I don't think it was feasible for him to take the job full time.
He will not be full time at Canisius, as Coach Rappl is.

WNY Softball said...

When Niagara dropped women's hockey earlier this year, they did so with the understanding that they would be expanding their established programs in the MAAC (there is no hockey in the MAAC). Hiring a full time softball coach is part of that.