John Seneca will begin his fifth season overall and his first as the program's head coach on the University of Delaware softball staff during the 2016 season.
Seneca served as assistant coach during his first four years, and was the program's Interim Head Coach during the final three weeks of the 2015 campaign.
“I am honored to become the head softball coach at Delaware, and I would like to thank the search committee for the opportunity,” Seneca said on the announcement of his hiring. “Having been a member of the coaching staff for the last four seasons, I feel that I have an excellent rapport with the players and administration. I am excited about the future of the softball program and cannot wait to get started.”
“Following a search process that involved reaching out to many of the country’s top programs, we determined that Coach Seneca was the best fit for our softball program moving forward. John has been an integral member of the coaching staff throughout the last four years, and has done a great job providing stability to our program in an interim role the past two months. He is committed to our focus on the overall student athlete experience, and will do a great job helping to develop our softball student athletes academically, athletically and socially,” said Eric Ziady, UD Director of Athletics & Recreation Services.
In 2015 Seneca helped lead Delaware to 30 victories, the fifth most in a UD single season, while the squad set school single season records for runs scored, RBI, doubles and home runs. Jessica Grisler graduated from Delaware as the program’s career leader in runs scored and hits, while freshman Leanna Gearhart tied for the Division I lead with 11 triples and fellow rookie Mariah Kondravy belted a UD single season record 15 homers.
Following the season Kondravy became the first freshman in school history to earn first team All-Region honors, while Grisler was a second team pick. Kondravy and Gearhart were also named to the CAA All-Rookie Team, the third consecutive year the Blue Hens placed at least two players on the league’s All-Rookie squad.
During his first year in 2012, Seneca helped the Blue Hens win 15 games and qualify for the CAA Tournament.
In 2013 Delaware won 35 games, the second most in program history and one shy of the school record set in 2000. The Blue Hens established a new record by winning nine consecutive league games, while their 12 conference wins rank second in program history.
UD had a tremendous season at the plate, setting then-school single season records with 236 runs scored, 427 hits and 72 doubles.
Additionally Seneca has served as head coach of the Allentown Patriettes from 2006-2011, leading the squad to a 201-36 record while competing in ASA, PONY, and USSSA regional and national tournaments. He also was the head coach at Saucon Valley High School from 2006 through 2009, guiding the team to a 68-28 record.
A native of East Stroudsburg, Pa. (East Stroudsburg High School), Seneca led the Panthers to four Colonial League and District 11 appearances, and coached eight first team All-League and All-Area players. Seneca is a 4-Star NFCC Master Coach and a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
Seneca earned an electronics technicians diploma from DeVry University in 1984 and a degree in technical management from DeVry in 2015.
Seneca and his wife, Jessie, have two daughters, Lauren and Sarah.
|Hometown:||East Stroudsburg, Pa.|
|High School:||East Stroudsburg|
|Alma Mater:||DeVry University|