Legendary Coach Takes Last Swing at Villanova


Villanova’s winningest softball coach, Maria DiBernardi, is preparing to take her last swing as the leader of the Wildcats this upcoming season.

The winningest coach in Villanova softball history is taking her final swing as head coach this season.

Beyond her 34th year and current 853 career wins lies retirement for Maria DiBernardi, who rose to prominence from Downingtown High School.

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“Maria’s dedication and loyalty to Villanova has left a legacy few could ever match,” said Director of Athletics Mark Jackson. “We cannot thank her enough for all of her contributions to Villanova softball, the athletic department, and the entire university.”

And DiBernardi didn’t just coach successful softball players; she mentored high-performance students who consistently attained top academic achievements.

“Even if you disregarded every statistic, award, and accolade, you’d never find a coach who is as committed and hard-working as Coach DiBernardi,” said Associate Head Coach Jessica O’Donnell. “The pride she has in her team and her work is unmatched. She’s the epitome of what it means to be a Wildcat.”

Read more of Maria DiBernardi’s career and final season at Villanova here.

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