Two Seton Hill University Coaches Earn PSAC Coach of the Year Awards
Two Seton Hill University coaches have been honored by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference with Coach of the Year Awards in their respective sports.
Seton Hill women’s lacrosse coach Courtney Grove and baseball coach Marc Marizzaldi earned the PSAC honors during Seton Hill’s first year in the highly competitive NCAA Division II conference.
“To have one of our coaches earn this distinction is tremendous, but to have two coaches honored – in Seton Hill’s first year in the PSAC – is incredible,” said Chris Snyder, Executive Director of Athletics for Seton Hill. “These awards are a testament to the hard work and determination of not only Courtney and Marc but the players that they guide both on and off the field.”
Grove had previously served as Seton Hill’s women’s lacrosse coach from 2008 to 2011 and returned to the University this season after spending two years as an assistant at Division I Marquette University.
She led the Griffins to their first ever PSAC playoff appearance in their inaugural season in the league. The 2014 team’s 13 wins mark the most ever for the program in one season.
“I was humbled to return to Seton Hill and work with the women on this team as they worked through extraordinary circumstances, and I am humbled by this honor from the PSAC,” Grove said. “This award comes as a result of the hard work and dedication of the players on this team and the support and encouragement of their families as well as the Seton Hill University community.”
"Courtney is an incredible coach and so very deserving of this award,” Snyder said. “She returned to Seton Hill during such a difficult time. She mentored our students and led their journey as they prepared for the regular season. Courtney's award marks a wonderful way for the team to celebrate a successful season and all that they have overcome by working together.”
Marizzaldi earned the PSAC West Coach of the Year Award. This marks the fifth time in eleven seasons that Marizzaldi has earned a coach of the year award.
Marizzaldi guided Seton Hill to the PSAC West regular season title and a playoff berth in its inaugural year in the PSAC. Marizzaldi, who has accumulated more than 370 wins at Seton Hill, has led the Griffins to four straight NCAA Championship tournament appearances. He has been the team’s only head coach since its inception in January 2003.
“I am thrilled to receive this honor because it reflects the hard work of our players and their accomplishments in the highly competitive PSAC,” Marizzaldi said. “The young men on this team are a wonderful group of student-athletes with the desire to excel on and off the field. This award recognizes their efforts as well as mine.”
"Marc has continued the tradition of excellence that he instilled when he built the program from Day One,” Snyder said. “He is very deserving of this award as he guided the Griffins to a 36-14 record and a first place finish in the PSAC West. In what has become an annual tradition, the Griffins are on the verge of their fifth straight NCAA tournament appearance."