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2015 Softball Camps
Val Silvestrini enters her sixth season as Florida Tech’s head softball coach. In her inaugural year in 2010, she guided the team to 22 victories, the most in three years, including an impressive win over then No. 15 Nova Southeastern. Under her watchful eye, FIT's hurlers combined for a miniscule 1.40 ERA, sixth-lowest in Division II. Following the season, two Panthers were named All-Sunshine State Conference and one was tabbed All-South Region as a utility player.
Silvestrini gained her coaching experience at three institutions, North Florida, Charleston Southern and Armstrong Atlantic State. Before joining the coaching ranks, she played for the Argentinean National Team from 1998-2007, serving as the team’s captain from 2005 until she retired. She holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education teaching and coaching along with a master’s in sports medicine.
During her athletic career, Silvestrini played for the Argentinean National Team from 1998-2007 and served as captain from 2005 until she retired. She participated in several international tournaments, including the Pan-American and South American Championships and Games. During her stint on Division I teams in Argentina and Spain, she was named Player of the Year, Best Hitter and Best Defensive Player on numerous occasions.
While playing for Armstrong Atlantic as a senior, she hit .410 for the season and was tabbed an All-Conference, All-Region and All-Tournament Outfielder. Silvestrini is currently in the top three in three different offensive categories for single season records at AASU, including second in hits (73), third in batting average (.410) and second in runs scored (49).
Sean Cotter is in his first season as an assistant coach at FIT, following a successful career as a head coach at the Division I, II and III levels.
Before coming to FIT, Cotter spent the previous five seasons as the head coach at NCAA Division I Massachusetts Lowell, where he steered the River Hawks to a 130-122-1 overall record. Additionally, he guided the program successfully through the transition from Division II to Division I.
Prior to joining the staff in Lowell, Cotter served as the head coach at Plattsburgh State in Plattsburgh, New York. He navigated the Cardinals to the NCAA Division III tournament during the 2006 and 2007 seasons, finishing 16th and fourth, respectively. Under his direction, the Cardinals reached the State University of New York Athletic Conference post-season nine-consecutive years and won two SUNYAC regular season titles.
Before arriving at Plattsburgh State, Cotter was head coach at NCAA Division II and NAIA dual-member Post University in 1999. During his lone season with the Eagles, Cotter’s team won a school-record 33 games and reached the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Tournament Championship Game.