Thursday, April 29, 2010

Bertagnolli captures 600th win

CALIFORNIA – In the process of advancing to this weekend's Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championship Series, California University of Pennsylvania head softball coach Rick Bertagnolli collected his 600th career victory with the Vulcans.

Bertagnolli is now one of only 15 active head softball coaches in NCAA Division II to amass 600 victories at one school. The all-time winningest coach in school history across all sports, he has compiled a 600-193 (.757) record while in the dugout with the Vulcans behind five NCAA regional crowns and back-to-back National Championships (1997-98).

In his 17th season at Cal U, Bertagnolli has guided the program to a 30-win season for the 12th time during his tenure. Including the 2010 campaign, he has guided the Vulcans to 13 PSAC West titles and 17 PSAC Tournament appearances.

During the spring trip last year, Bertagnolli earned his 800th career victory and now boasts an all-time coaching record of 863-243 (.780) in 25 seasons.

This weekend's PSAC Championship Tournament features two of the all-time winningest coaches in NCAA Division II history in Bertagnolli and Bloomsburg head coach Jan Hutchinson, who enters the double-elimination tournament with a NCAA-record 1,206 victories over 33 seasons.


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