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By JACK VANASSCHE, Sports Editor

The University of Michigan-Dearborn athletics department announced the hiring of Vincent Alessandrini as head coach of the softball team on Thursday afternoon, effective immediately.

“I am really excited to be a part of UM-Dearborn softball,” Alessandrini said in a press release issued by the university. “This is a very talented group, and I am ready to get started.”

Vincent Alessandrini (Photo courtesy of UM-Dearborn Athletics Department)
Vincent Alessandrini (Photo courtesy of UM-Dearborn Athletics Department)

Alessandrini has become the third head coach in the program’s decade-long existence. In November, the university announced former head coach Scott Combs was “no longer employed” at UM-Dearborn.

Previously, Alessandrini was the head softball coach at Macomb Community College. He was named District Coach of the Year after his Monarchs won district and league titles in 2015.

“Coming from Macomb (Community College), I have played against UM-Dearborn plenty of times,” said Alessandrini. “The talent is here and ready to make a run this season.”

For the 2017 season, Alessandrini will inherit a talented, young team that tied the school record with 31 wins last year and fell one win short of the conference championship game.

The Wolverines will be one of the younger teams in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference in 2017.

Only three seniors are on the roster for the Wolverines, including All-WHAC First Team utility player Taylor Moceri. In addition, the Wolverines will enter the season with five juniors, nine sophomores, and 12 freshmen.