Carla Campagna Joins Adelphi as New Softball Head Coach

Carla Campagna named Adelphi softball head coach.
Carla Campagna named Adelphi softball head coach.


Garden City, N.Y. - From one winning Long Island program to another: Carla Campagna has been hired as the next head coach of the Adelphi softball team, effective Monday, Sept. 17. 

Campagna comes to Adelphi after spending the last six years serving under 20-year head coach Jamie Apicella at LIU Post, where she was responsible for catchers and assisting with the infield, hitting, and recruiting.

In her tenure with the Green and Gold, she helped the Pioneers capture a pair of East Coast Conference titles in 2014 and 2018, earn five berths in the NCAA Division II Tournament, and win a regional title in 2014, all while mentoring All-Conference, All-Region and All-American student-athletes. 

"Adelphi has a history and tradition of excellence and I am honored and excited to continue to build on the success of the softball program and athletics department," Campagna said. "I would like to thank Mr. McCabe, Ms. Whalen and the members of the search committee for providing me with the chance to pursue this opportunity. Adelphi is an elite Division II institution, and as a Long Island native, I am proud to become part of the family.

"As I begin my time here, I am eager to work with the softball team and I look forward to developing the academic success and community involvement that has already been created in the athletic department."

Campagna becomes the ninth head coach in team history. 
Well-versed in Division II softball in the East Region, Campagna enjoyed a stellar playing career at ECC member Molloy College. Over four years, she totaled 44 home runs, 207 RBIs and a .370 batting average. She was a three-time All-ECC First Team selection from 2010-12 and was dubbed both the ECC and Daktronics East Region Player of the Year in 2011. In 2012, she was named to the NFCA All-East Region First Team and the Daktronics All-America Third Team.

"To reflect back for a moment, I would also like to thank my mentor Jamie Apicella, for his exceptional guidance, instruction and support over the last six years," she added. "Through my experiences at LIU Post, I have realized my passion for working with students and athletes on and off the field. I have received nothing but support during my transition, and I cannot wait to find my place in the community at Adelphi."

In addition to coaching, Campagna served as the lead instructor for the New York Softball Academy. She also has a coaching stint with the Long Island Hellcats 16-U Team and formerly instructed the Long Island Ducks 18-U Team. 

Outside of coaching, Campagna also worked as LIU Promise Success Coach through the LIU Post Office of Campus Life, guiding undergraduates through academic and career counseling, campus activities and financial aid over their four years as Pioneers. She earned her master's degree in literacy from LIU Post, and currently resides in Floral Park.

"We are thrilled to welcome Carla to the Adelphi softball family. She comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and history of success as both a player and an assistant coach," said athletic director Danny McCabe. "Carla's commitment to the student-athlete experience coupled with her success in recruiting high-caliber student-athletes positions Adelphi softball well for continued success."

- Information for this release provided by the sports information staff at Adelphi -

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