On Wednesday, Cuthbertson High announced that Mike Vaccaro will take over as the team’s new softball coach.
Vaccaro has spent the past 11 years at Cuthbertson teaching Principles of Business and Finance as well as serving as an assistant coach for the Cavaliers’ football team.
The Cavaliers are coming off a 5-9 campaign this past spring that saw them lose their final five games to close out the regular season. Cuthbertson hasn’t finished a full season above .500 since going 17-7 under David Johnson in 2016.
Since Johnson left after the 2017 season, Cuthbertson has had three other coaches try to turn things around. Jeremy East went 12-26 across 2018 and 2019, while Dakota Keller was 3-2 with the team in 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic halted the season.
Cuthbertson is less than a year removed from hiring its last softball coach. In February, the Cavaliers hired alum Melanie Recher to lead the program.
Recher was a three-year starter for the Cavaliers before graduating in 2012. During her time with the team, she posted a 36-21 record as a pitcher with a 2.22 ERA and 206 strikeouts. She also hit .372 at the plate with 50 RBI. Recher went on to play collegiately at Montreat College before ultimately accepting the job to come back to Cuthbertson.
Cuthbertson graduated its top player from last season in former senior Allee Seering, who led the Cavaliers with a .400 batting average, 16 hits, five RBI and two home runs in 2021.
The Cavaliers’ top returner at the plate will be senior Kiana Termine, who hit .225 with nine hits last spring. Fellow senior Gianna Tamburello also returns after batting .211 with eight hits, two doubles and four RBI.