Two-time PSUAC Coach of the Year Mark Caserta opens his sixth season as head coach of the Penn State Brandywine softball team in 2019.
|Coach Caserta Year-by-Year|
USCAA World Series fifth place
USCAA World Series fourth place
|2016||25-18||12-1||PSUAC Coach of the Year
USCAA World Series fourth place
|2015||23-12||14-0||PSUAC Coach of the Year
USCAA World Series ninth place
First season of varsity softball at Brandywine
The only head coach during Brandywine softball’s five-year history, Caserta has led the Lions to four-straight PSUAC championships, while compiling a record of 112-72-1 (.609). Against conference competition, Caserta owns a 79-14 mark, including a 68-4 record over the last four years. Caserta’s squads are the first-ever from Brandywine to win four consecutive conference titles.
Brandywine competed at the 2015-2018 USCAA Softball World Series after claiming the PSUAC’s automatic bid to the tournament. The Lions placed ninth during their first appearance and then recorded back-to-back fourth-place showings in 2016 and 2017 before tying for fifth most recently in 2018.
Under Caserta’s direction, 14 Brandywine student-athletes have earned USCAA All-American honors and 22 have been selected to PSUAC All-Conference teams. Additionally, he has guided two PSUAC Newcomers of the Year, a pair of PSUAC Pitchers of the Year, and, most recently, Arianna Segich, the PSUAC Hitter of the Year in 2017.
Caserta’s teams have also done exceptionally well in the classroom with 51 student-athletes earning PSUAC All-Academic honors and 12 claiming USCAA National Academic Team accolades during the past four seasons. Every member of the 2018 squad earned PSUAC All-Academic status. Additionally, two of Caserta’s student-athletes have taken home the top academic honor in the USCAA, winning USCAA Student-Athlete of the Year.
Prior to Brandywine, Caserta served as a head coach for seven seasons in the Philadelphia Catholic League, most recently at Archbishop Carroll High School in Radnor, Pa., where he was the head coach for five seasons (2008-12). He led the Lady Patriots to the playoffs four times while at the helm. In 2011, his team made it to the Catholic League semifinals, falling one run short of the championship game. He finished his career at Carroll as the program’s all-time winningest coach (66-37).
Prior to arriving at Carroll, Caserta was the head coach at Bishop McDevitt in Glenside, Pa., for three seasons (2005-07). During his first season, Caserta led the team to nine victories after the squad had won just two the season prior to his arrival. He was also the assistant varsity girl’s basketball coach for two seasons while at Bishop McDevitt.
Additionally, Caserta was selected as the head coach for the Philadelphia Catholic League in the Softball Carpenter Cup for four seasons. Caserta also was an assistant coach for the Philadelphia Spirit, a 16 & Under softball travel team in 2004 and coached baseball for seven years in the 1990’s at the Elmwood Park Boy’s and Girl’s Club. He led the boy’s baseball travel teams to district playoffs and league championships four times. Additionally, he served the assistant varsity baseball coach at West Catholic High School in Philadelphia in 2002.
Caserta is a graduate of West Catholic High School where he played baseball, football and basketball. He was named All-Catholic League in baseball during both his junior and senior seasons as a catcher and third baseman. Also a veteran official, Caserta is a nine-year veteran of the U.S. Navy. Caserta has four children, Elizabeth, Malarie, Mark and Matthew, and resides in Glenolden with his wife, Michelle.