GENESEO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo Director of Athletics Mike Mooney recently announced that David Sylvester has been named head softball coach for the Knights after serving in an interim head coach role for the 2013 season.
“We are very pleased to remove the interim designation from Coach Sylvester’s title and name him the head coach of our softball program,” said Mooney. “On short notice this past spring, Coach Sylvester stepped in and led the Knights to within a game of the SUNYAC Championship. His ability to work with the student-athletes and provide a wonderful experience was paramount in his hiring.”
Sylvester, who has been part of the program since 2010, led the Knights to a 22-13 record and the program’s fifth-straight appearance in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Tournament. Making their 15th postseason appearance in 16 seasons, the Knights battled their way back from a first-round loss to Plattsburgh (7-4) with two victories over Oswego (6-0) and Plattsburgh (5-4) before falling to Cortland (8-7) in an elimination game to finish runner-up. Sophomore shortstop Samantha Brown and junior first baseman Samantha Trapasso garnered First-Team All-SUNYAC and Second-Team National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region recognition in the process.
“I am really looking forward to the opportunity to continue what I have been a part of for the last five years,” said Alexander. “We had a good season this past year and I’m excited to keep building on the successes we’ve had and moving the program forward.”
Sylvester spent three seasons as the Knights’ pitching coach before being elevated to interim head coach prior to the 2013 campaign. Under his tutelage three-time All-SUNYAC pitcher Janine Montera garnered NFCA All-Region honors in 2010, along with five other all-region selections during his tenure. Geneseo has compiled an overall 88-68 (.564) record, including a 43-29 SUNYAC mark, with Sylvester in the dugout.
Sylvester earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in education and history from Geneseo in 1985 and returned to complete a Master’s Degree in education in 1990. He currently serves as the Principal at York Central School and also previously spent 14 seasons as the head softball coach at nearby Perry High School where he compiled a 150-73 mark. Alexander also served as the head softball coach at Alexander High School for two seasons.