Jeanne Scarpello Steps Down from UNO Softball
June 7th, 2016
After her softball team set records for the University of Nebraska at Omaha softball team this League this past season, head coach Jeanne Scarpello is retiring from the game. KVNO’s Brandon McDermott spoke to Coach Scarpello and filed this report.
The winningest softball coach in the history of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Jeanne Scarpello is retiring after 17 years with the team.
She said spending more time with her husband and hopefully starting a family of her own were reasons why she’s hanging up the whistle. She says UNO took a chance on a young coach and she is grateful.
“But actually it was great situation, they gave me my start at age 25,” Scarpello said. “But if anything it is you know what else but it was a kid the players that played for me and today I’m receiving a lot of text messages from all them and you don’t realize you mean to them.”
Scarpello totaled a career record of 684-261-1 in 17 seasons at the helm for the Mavericks. During her time at UNO, the Mavs won the Division-II national championship and went the NCAA tournament for 12 straight years.
“I just know this program going to keep going up and that’s the hardest part of not being a part of that, but you know like a bet I’ve given seventeen years of my life to it and I wouldn’t change a thing.”
Scarpello also led UNO through its transition to Division-I from D-II, last year finishing in second place in the Summit League. She said her longtime assistant coach Cory Petermann’s retirement also had an effect on her decision. The change is effective immediately and no replacement has been named.
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