Former Temple head coach Joe DiPietro will be named the head coach at Incarnate Word.
DiPietro spent the 2017 as an assistant coach at Drexel, which followed two seasons as the head coach at Hampton. In 2015, at Hampton, DiPietro led the Pirates to the #3 overall seed in the MEAC tournament.
Prior to Hampton, DiPietro spent five seasons as the head coach at Temple and was at the helm of the Owls when the school’s administration did away with the softball program. DiPietro won 115 games during his tenure at Temple and increased the program’s win total each season he spent in Philadelphia.
DiPietro’s resume also includes six seasons as head coach at La Salle and twenty-five years as an assistant and head coach at Camden Catholic High School in New Jersey, as well as a tenure with the now-defunct Philadelphia Force of the National Pro Fastpitch league.
“I'm extremely excited to be the new head coach at UIW!” DiPietro said when contacted by Justin’s World of Softball. “Interim Athletics Director Mark Papich and the selection committee made me feel wanted from the beginning of this process. I think we can turn this program around and make us relevant in the Southland Conference. I wanted to be a head coach again and knew that I wouldn't be going back to Drexel, so I started applying and UIW was the right fit for me. I'm grateful for the opportunity at Drexel to work with an awesome group of women but it was time to move on.”
At Incarnate Word, he takes over a program that recorded just thirteen victories in 2017, including six wins in Southland Conference play. The Cardinals will be postseason-eligible at the Division 1 level for the first time in 2018.