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Patricia Cipicchio

Patricia Cipicchio

Assistant coach

Patricia Cipicchio joins the ETSU softball staff with eight years of collegiate coaching experience across divisions. 

Cipicchio spent four years as the head softball coach at Hamilton College (DIII) from 2013 to 2017. The Continentals improved from a last-place finish in the NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference) to third in the West Division, setting a new program mark for conference wins in the process. During her tenure, Hamilton set program records for single-season hits, doubles (twice), runs scored (twice), home runs, and tied the tally for overall wins. The team achieved its highest batting average in 15 years and her players continue to hold the high-water marks for individual career hits, runs, doubles, and RBIs. 

Prior to Hamilton, Cipicchio served as the assistant coach at Williams College in 2012 where she led recruiting efforts for a class that yielded 5 All-New England, 9 All-Conference and two NESCAC Player of the Year honors. In 2011, she held the same role at Smith College. 

In 2018, Cipicchio joined the staff at the University of Pennsylvania (DI) as an assistant. She helped steer the Quakers to No. 39 in the nation in batting average (.297) and a No. 37 ranking in stolen bases per game. Staying within the Ivy League, she continued on to Dartmouth College the following season where she was responsible for the outfield. 

Since 2019, Cipicchio has spent time at a Fortune 100 company in operations roles which included work toward COVID vaccine development. She also served as an Associate Head Coach within the NC Challengers Premier travel ball organization. 

A four-year starter at shortstop and second base for Trinity College (Ct.), Cipicchio served as team captain and made the NESCAC All-Academic Team. She remains in the top 10 all-time for career doubles, home runs and assists. 

Cipicchio earned undergraduate degrees in Neuroscience and Music. She has a Master’s in Exercise Science and Sport Studies from Smith College and an M.S.E. In Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.