MAAC Coach of the Year: 2011, 2016
Joe Ausanio is in his ninth season as the head coach of the Marist softball team for the 2017 season. The winningest and longest-tenured coach in program history, Ausanio won his 200th career game on April 16, 2016, and has led Marist to six consecutive winning seasons.
In 2016, Ausanio led Marist to its most successful season in program history. The Red Foxes won a program-record 45 games, made their third NCAA appearance, and won their second MAAC regular-season championship. The Red Foxes had winning streaks of 17 and 10 games, and won 27 out of 28 games between March 22 and May 4. Marist set 12 team records and ranked in the top 20 nationally in four categories, including fourth in stolen bases. The Red Foxes had the MAAC's Pitcher of the Year (Jayne Oberdorf), Rookie of the Year (Claire Oberdorf), and Defensive Player of the Year (Kyrsten Van Natta) as Ausanio won his second MAAC Coach of the Year award. Claire Oberdorf made the National Fastpitch Coaches' Association Top 10 Freshman List. She, along with Jayne Oberdorf, were named NFCA First Team All-Region while Maureen Duddy and Kyrsten Van Natta earned Second Team All-Region honors.
In 2015, Marist finished 28-26 overall and 11-9 in MAAC play, and closed the season with six straight wins. Melanie White was named MAAC Pitcher of the Year, while a total of five Red Foxes were named First or Second Team All-MAAC.
In 2014, Ausanio led the Red Foxes to clinch the regular season MAAC title, as the team entered the Championships as the first seed. The Red Foxes finished the season with a 27-24 record, going 16-4 in the conference. Kyrsten Van Natta and Taylor Kuzma were named to the All-MAAC First Team, while Maureen Duddy and Janna Korak were named to the All-MAAC Second Team. Also, Haley Birnbaum, Aly Klemmer, Alyssa Zahka, Janine Lalli, Paige Lewis, Kyrsten Van Natta and Melanie White were named to the MAAC All-Academic Team.
Under Ausanio in 2013, the Red Foxes captured the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament title. After advancing to the NCAA Tournament, the team fell to No. 1 seeded Oklahoma and Fordham in the first round. Marist finished the season 30-26 overall, and 10-6 in the conference. Freshman Nicole Cheek claimed Rookie of the Year for the MAAC, while Cheek and Danielle Koltz were named to the All- MAAC First Team and Alyssa Zahka and Emily Osterhaus were honored to the All-MAAC Second Team. Ten Red Foxes were also named to the All-MAAC Academic Team.
2012 saw Ausanio and the Red Foxes earn their second consecutive bid in the MAAC Tournament. After falling in the semifinals, Marist wrapped up its season with a 28-27 overall record and 9-7 mark in conference play, while placing five Red Foxes on All-MAAC teams. Senior Ashley Corriss and sophomore Alyssa Zahka led the group with First Team nods. For their prowess in the classroom, a league-high 11 Red Foxes were named to the MAAC All-Academic Team.
For his success during 2011 season, Ausanio was named the MAAC Anaconda Sports Softball Coach of the Year. During the season, he led the team to a 33-22 record, including a 13-game winning streak from March 27 to April 16. The Red Foxes led the MAAC with 33 wins, 287 runs scored, 377 hits, 124 extra-base hits, 258 RBIs and a .377 on-base percentage. Two program record marks were also attained during the spring as 33 wins tied the 2006 and 1995 teams for the most victories. Of those wins, nine came of the run-rule variety, another program best.
This is Ausanio’s second stint with the Red Foxes, as he was the program’s pitching coach for the 2007 campaign. That year, Marist advanced to the championship round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament.
Ausanio pitched for 10 years in professional baseball for five different organizations from 1988-1997. He was first drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 30th round of the 1984 free agent draft. In 1988 he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 11th round of the free agent draft. On June 12 of that year he signed with the Pirates and remained in the organization from 1988-1992. He then went to the Montreal Expos in 1993. In 1994 The New York Yankees selected Ausanio in the Rule 5 Major League Draft where he got the opportunity to pitch in the major leagues for two seasons. Ausanio played with teammates Don Mattingly, Wade Boggs, Bernie Williams, Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera before becoming a free agent following the 1995 season. Ausanio then signed with the New York Mets in 1996 before finishing his career with the Colorado Rockies in 1997.
He holds a major league record of 4-1 with one save. All of Ausanio’s notable firsts came during his time with the New York Yankees. His first win came on July 16, 1994 after throwing two innings of scoreless relief against the Seattle Mariners. Other notable firsts for Ausanio include his first major league strikeout, Alex Rodriguez, and his first career save which came against the Detroit Tigers in 1995.
The Yankees contacted Ausanio to throw knuckleball batting practice before facing ex-Boston Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. Ausanio played with Wakefield while with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization from 1988 through 1992.
Currently, Ausanio works for the Hudson Valley Renegades, of the Tampa Bay Rays’ minor league system where he serves as the Director of Baseball Communications.
Ausanio attended Jacksonville University from 1984 through 1988 where he studied Physical Education and Recreation. Ausanio is the all time leader at Jacksonville in saves and appearances.
Ausanio has two sons, Joey and Kevin. He resides in Marlboro, N.Y.
|2015-16||16-4||45-13||MAAC Regular Season & Tournament Champions|
|2014-15||11-9||28-26||7th in MAAC|
|2013-14||16-4||27-24||Regular Season Champions|
|2011-12||9-7||28-27||4th in MAAC|
|2010-11||12-4||33-22||2nd in MAAC|
|2009-10||4-12||10-35||8th in MAAC|
|2008-09||9-7||16-33||5th in MAAC|
All-MAAC Accolades Under Ausanio
Player of the Year (1): 2009 – Melissa Giordano
Pitcher of the Year (2): 2016 – Jayne Oberdorf; 2015 – Melanie White
Rookie of the Year (3): 2016 – Claire Oberdorf; 2013 – Nicole Cheek; 2009 – Nicole DiVirgilio (Co-Rookie)
Defensive Player of the Year (1): 2016 – Kyrsten Van Natta
First Team (15): 2016 – Jayne Oberdorf, Claire Oberdorf, Kyrsten Van Natta, Maureen Duddy; 2015 – Melanie White; 2014 – Kyrsten Van Natta, Taylor Kuzma; 2013 – Danielle Koltz, Nicole Cheek; 2012 – Alyssa Zahka, Ashley Corriss; 2011 – Nicole DiVirgilio; 2009 – Melissa Giordano, Jessica Green, Caitlin Carpentier
Second Team (21): 2016 – Janna Korak, Colleen McWilliams, Gabrielle Kelliher, Jessica Van Alphen; 2015 – Maureen Duddy, Kyrsten Van Natta, Colleen McWilliams, Janine Lalli; 2014 – Maureen Duddy, Janna Korak; 2013 – Alyssa Zahka, Emily Osterhaus; 2012 – Megan Lamoureux, Nicole DiVirgilio, Danielle Koltz; 2011 – Megan Lamoureux, Ashley Corriss, Sarah Carmody, Emily Osterhaus; 2010 – Nicole DiVirgilio; 2009 – Nicole DiVirgilio
All-Rookie Team (6): 2016 – Claire Oberdorf, Megan Beiermeister, Brandi Coon, Casey Page; 2015 – Gabrielle Kelliher, Samantha Reilly
All-Academic Team (57): 2016 – Gabrielle Kelliher, Janna Korak, Kyrsten Van Natta, Jayne Oberdorf, Brittany Colombo, Kourtney Paul, Miranda Perez; 2015 – Janine Lalli, Jayne Oberdorf, Kyrsten Van Natta, Melanie White; 2014 – Haley Birnbaum, Aly Klemmer, Janine Lalli, Paige Lewis, Kyrsten Van Natta, Melanie White, Alyssa Zahka; 2013 – Haley Birnbaum, Sarah Carmody, Aly Klemmer, Janine Lalli, Christina Lausch, Paige Lewis, Emily Osterhaus, Melanie White, Alyssa Zahka, Joelle Zahka; 2012 – Haley Birnbaum, Sarah Carmody, Ashley Corriss, Lindsay Durant, Aly Klemmer, Christina Lausch, Paige Lewis, Emily Osterhaus, Nicole Van Loan, Alyssa Zahka, Joelle Zahka; 2011– Sarah Carmody, Ashley Corriss, Lindsay Durant, Caitlin Schell, Joelle Zahka; 2010 – McCallion Campbell, Lindsay Durant, Kate Molloy, Caitlin Schell, Alanna Woody; 2009 – McCallion Campbell, Caitlin Carpentier, Melissa Giordano, Kate Molloy, Mary Beth Pomes, Heather Viola, Alanna Woody, Heather Young