Utica University softball coach Mineo set to retire

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UTICA — Utica University’s head softball coach Pat Mineo will retire at the end of this season.

It will bring an end to nearly 35 years of coaching softball.

After 17 seasons as the head softball coach, Mineo’s record sits at 317-293 (.520) through 24 games this season. He is one of three active coaches at Utica University to reach the 300-win mark in his career.

Since the start of his coaching career at Utica, Mineo has coached Utica to eight winning seasons, including in six of the last nine. He has also compiled six 20-win seasons during his tenure.

Mineo has been named Empire 8 Coach of the Year twice, and has placed over 90 student-athletes on All-Conference Teams. In doing so, he has guided four players to the conference’s top honors (Rookie of the Year 2011, 2013; Player of the Year 2013, 2018) during his tenure.

Arguably Mineo’s best season came in his second year as head coach in 2006 when he was named the Empire 8 Conference Coach of the Year for the first time after leading the team to a program-best record of 31-11 overall, while making an appearance in the Empire 8 Tournament for the first time in program history. The Pioneers made it to both the Empire 8 championship game, and the team also earned the No. 2 seed in the ECAC Tournament and made an appearance in the championship game.

The most wins in a season for Mineo and the Utica University softball team came in 2013. Utica’s 34-14 (.708%) overall record, including a 9-3 mark in the Empire 8 Conference to this day is still the most wins in a season for the program. During this season, Mineo was named Empire 8 Coach of the Year for the second time, as he led the Pioneers to a regular-season conference title, the hosting rights of the E8 Tournament at Greenman Field and its first ever bid to the NCAA Tournament. In doing so, he coached the team to its first ever NCAA tournament win, defeating Penn State Berks 8-1.

The most notable players Mineo has coached include Pioneer Hall of Fame class of 2022 inductee Meghan Matan, the program’s first-ever All-American in 2014, as well as Hall of Famers Bridgette Plummer (2019) and Ashley Kaufman (2014). Mineo also coached 2018 Empire 8 Co-Player of the Year Nicole Rice, 2013 Player of the Year Chelsea Monroe, and Empire 8 Rookie of the Year winners Alysa Russell (2013) and Kristie Jones (2011).

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