Dave Sylvester Appointed Interim Softball Coach

GENESEO, N.Y. David Sylvester has been promoted to interim head coach of the softball program at Geneseo. Sylvester replaces Tony Ciccarello, who was recently named head coach at New Paltz after 11 years as Geneseo’s head coach.

Coach Sylvester brings a wealth of softball knowledge to the program,” said Mike Mooney, Geneseo’s director of intercollegiate athletics and recreation. “His expertise in pitching will continue to be a key area for the success of the program. I look forward to the continued success of the softball program under Coach Sylvester.”

Sylvester has been part of the Knights’ staff since 2010, helping Geneseo to a 66-55 record and three appearances in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) playoffs in that span.

He’ll be joined by Nicky Steger, who’s also been part of the Knights’ staff for the past three years. Martha Martin, former Geneseo volleyball coach and former York High School softball coach, will also serve as an assistant coach.

Sylvester, who has served as the Knights’ pitching coach the past three seasons, came to Geneseo after 14 years as a high school coach. He spent 12 years at Perry Central School, compiling a record of 150-73, and two years at Alexander Central School, where he went 20-11.

Sylvester, who is the principal at York Central School, also has extensive experience with summer travel teams and as a personal pitching coach.

He is a 1985 graduate of Geneseo and earned his master’s degree from Geneseo in 1990.

 Ciccarello compiled a record of 258-174 at Geneseo, leading the Knights to the 2002 State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) title and a berth in the NCAA Championships as well as Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Upstate championships in 2003 and 2005. He was a two-time SUNYAC Coach of the Year.

“Despite being part-time, Tony did a wonderful job leading the Knights over the last 11 seasons,” said Mooney. “We thank him for his leadership and offer best wishes for success in his new position.”


The Knights open their season March 8, facing Virginia Wesleyan at Salisbury’s Sea Gull Invitational.