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DiVitto Takes Over Milford Softball Program

The next head coach of Milford High School softball was going to have a tough act to follow. Under Brian Macchi, the Scarlet Hawks have won four straight district titles and the past two division one state championships. With Macchi stepping down to accept an assistant principal position at MHS, Milford will turn to Steve DiVitto to lead the program beginning next spring.
"I've been watching Brian and the success he has had, being a baseball guy and going over to softball, and I have become interested in our program," said DiVitto, who works as an assistant coach under Macchi with the Milford Legion baseball team. "This team has always been a part of my life with my sister playing, and now I will get a chance to lead it."
DiVitto has worked with the legion program since the summer of 2008 and spent three seasons as the junior varsity baseball coach at Milford High. His resume also includes two years as the freshman football coach at MHS. He steps into a softball team that graduated a strong senior class, but still figures to be among the stronger teams in the area.
"I thought it was a good opportunity," said DiVitto. "The talent they lost was a once-in-a-generation type of thing, I look at the talent they have coming back and I feel a coach coming into that kind of a situation is also very rare."
Milford High Athletic Director Rich Piergustavo made the hire and said he expects it to be a great fit. "I feel very good about Steve taking over the softball program," he said. "I know he shares many of the same values that Brian does. He has paid his dues and I feel strongly about his ability to motivate and teach our student-athletes."
DiVitto, who played varsity baseball at Milford High and was also a member of the Milford Legion club, said he believes there will be both differences and similarities in coaching softball as opposed to baseball. "I'm sure there are going to be different ways we prepare for games, and certain fundamentals will change with the smaller field," he said. "But the basics are very similar. Certain small-ball situations, a safety squeeze, or moving a runner along, it's similar to what you would do in baseball."
DiVitto says he still plans on returning to the legion diamond next summer. He expressed his appreciation to Piergustavo and Macchi, as well as his wife Nicole. "She has been there for me throughout all of the different coaching jobs, odd hours, and working weekends," he said. "She has been my rock."
Most of all, DiVitto said he is looking forward to taking over such a successful team of which coaches and players alike want to be a part. "This is a team that was successful not only when Brian was the coach, but even before that," he said. "My sister's team went to a district final, and since Brian took over, this program has become a household name. The girls enjoy playing with that bulls eye on their back, teams want to beat Milford when they play us. As a coach, it's going to be a lot of fun to be a part of that.




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