Head Coach Marisa DeStasio
Marisa DeStasio was hired as head coach of the Muhlenberg softball team for the 2011 season after spending 2010 as an assistant with the Mules. In her three seasons, she has an outstanding record of 75-45-1 (.624), including a 35-13 (.729) mark in the Centennial Conference.
In her first season, DeStasio led the Mules - who were picked fifth in the preseason poll - to the CC championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Mules won 25 games (one short of the school record) and shattered school records for runs, doubles, home runs and extra-base hits in a season.
After a 19-19 season in 2012, Muhlenberg exploded with a 31-9-1 record in 2013, setting the College record for wins in a season by any sport. The Mules won the CC regular-season title by a record-tying four games and received votes in the national poll for the first time in more than 20 years. Five of Muhlenberg's wins came against teams that went on to earn NCAA Tournament berths.
In her three seasons, DeStasio has coached two CC players of the year and one CC pitcher of the year, three all-region selections and 12 All-CC picks.
Prior to coming to Muhlenberg, DeStasio spent the past three years as an assistant at Lafayette, helping the Leopards to a school-record 27 wins in 2008 and their first two appearances in the Patriot League championship game in 2008 and 2009. In 2006 DeStasio was an assistant at MacMurray College in Illinois, where she also served on the event management staff.
A four-year starter at multiple positions at Binghamton University, she was named All-America East Conference second team in 2003 as a utility player. She is the Bearcats' all-time leader with 34 sacrifice hits and also ranks in the top five in career stolen bases (tied for third, 19); runs (fourth, 60); hits (fifth, 114); games played (fifth, 160) and at-bats (second, 493).
DeStasio graduated from Binghamton in 2005 with a degree in human development and received her master's in athletic coaching education from West Virginia in 2008.
Assistant Coach Alessandra Lee Donato
Alessandra Lee Donato joined the Muhlenberg staff as pitching coach for the 2013 season and helped coach the CC pitcher of the year. She is a 2008 graduate of Elizabethtown College, where she is the program's all-time leader in games, complete games, innings pitched and strikeouts. A two-time All-Commonwealth Conference selection, she was team MVP twice and an NFCA Scholar-Athlete three times. Lee, who pitched for the two-time district champions at nearby Emmaus High School, played internationally in Italy in the summer of 2007.