Anadio earns pair of coaching honors

Herkimer College head softball coach P.J. Anadio, left, a Gloversville native, recently was named 2018 Mountain Valley Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year and the 2018 Region III Coach of the Year. (Photo submitted)

HERKIMER — Herkimer College head softball coach P.J. Anadio was recently named 2018 Mountain Valley Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year.

Anadio also was selected by his coaching peers as the 2018 Region III Coach of the Year.

This is the eighth Mountain Valley Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year recognition for coach Anadio, a Gloversville native, having received it consecutively since 2011, and his third Region III Coach of the Year recognition. 

“Coach Anadio is a leader in the conference, region and nation when it comes to coaching,”  Herkimer Director of Athletics Don Dutcher said. “These awards are well deserved and a testament to his commitment, passion and dedication to student-athletes, the college and NJCAA. He continues to grow and learn as a coach and as a person. It is great to see his colleagues select him for this prestigious honor. We at Herkimer College are lucky to have him as a coach and leading our student athletes.”  

In his tenure, Anadio has led Herkimer to an overall record of 331-67, guiding all nine teams into the Region III playoff tournament. In the last eight seasons, Herkimer made it all the way to the regional Final Four, finally breaking through in 2012 for its first Region III Championship in 14 years. Since Anadio’s inaugural 2010 season, Herkimer has placed a total of 30 young women on NJCAA All-American teams.

Anadio is employed as a technical assistant in the athletic department, serving as the director of intramurals and as the certified pool operator. He previously worked at Fulton-Montgomery Community College where he assisted well-respected coach Mike Mulligan for three seasons.

He resides in Herkimer with his wife, Jamie, and his son, Evan.

Anadio played high school baseball at Gloversville High School, where he was a three-year starter for the varsity team. Anadio transferred to Herkimer College from Hartwick College and was named a two-year captain for the baseball team under coach Hank Testa.

As a freshman, he batted .389 for the Generals and was selected to the All-Mountain Valley Conference Team in 2000.

Anadio played with current head baseball coach Jason Rathbun that season, when Herkimer qualified for the Region III playoffs for the first time in 10 years. Anadio was a very successful student in the classroom where he received numerous honors.

He earned Academic All-American, was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and was named to Who’s Who Among American Junior College Students.

“I am honored and humbled to receive the Coach of the Year distinction for both the Mountain Valley Conference and Region III. There are some remarkable coaches within both and I truly thank them all for their support and vote. However, I do believe that this should be a ‘Coaching Staff of the Year’ award, as without all of their hard work, this would not be possible,” Anadio said. “There are two components to being great. First, is the greatness that you bring out in all of those that you work with and our student-athletes are exactly that; great. Without them, there are no awards. Lastly, to be great you must surround yourself with greatness. From the student-athletes, to the athletics staff, the administration, faculty and staff here at the college and especially my family, they too have a piece of this. I’d like to recognize and publicly thank my coaching staff Tony Kurucz, Jake Haney, Steve Speno, Scott Moore, Jackie Woudenberg and Alyssa Balfe for their support and tireless work to carry out our mission.”

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