Girls Softball: Wade Maisto returns to coach Burlington Central

Story Image GUS STUERTZE | For The Courier News Burlington-Central: Head Coach Wade Maisto. 11/16/08

Updated: October 1, 2012 7:43PM

Wade Maisto is again a head varsity coach at Burlington Central. The school announced on Monday the hiring of Maisto as head coach of the girls varsity softball team.

Maisto’s hiring ends an almost four-month search following the resignation of Cray Allen, who in June accepted the position as head softball coach for Harper College.

Maisto was the varsity softball coach at Burlington Central from 1984 to 1998 and an assistant from 2005 to 2009. He also acted as interim girls varsity basketball coach during the 2008-2009 season and was head coach for three consecutive years during the 1980s.

“Coach Maisto has established great programs here at Burlington Central and has a plan on how to continue to develop the winning program here,” said athletic director Steve Diversey. “Burlington Central High School is very excited and honored to have such a strong leader as our new head softball coach.”

Maisto, a Larkin graduate and current Burlington Central social studies teacher, plans on retiring from teaching after this school year. He is the Rockets’ fourth head softball coach since 2010, when Scot Sutherland resigned midway through the season over administrative matters.

“I’ve always loved being around softball and I’m excited to do this again,” Maisto said. “My batteries have been recharged and I’m ready to go. I did it for 15 years, then I got out to coach my kids in travel ball. I’m lucky and excited to be back.”

One of Maisto’s daughters, Erica, a 2008 Burlington Central graduate, applied for an assistant coach position.

“I’m hoping she’ll be somewhere on my staff,” Maisto said. “She pitched a quite a bit in high school and knows what it takes to be successful having played in college. It’ll bring that aspect to our team.”

Maisto inherits a team that won a regional title and finished 28-9 last season. Among the key returning players this year include Bekah Harnish, who hit .471 with a .511 on-base percentage as a sophomore. Sophomore pitcher Angie Morrow already has a no-hitter on her resume. Brooke Gaylord, a pitcher and outfielder, is another talented sophomore, who hit over .350 last season.

“I would like to see the success continue,” Maisto said. “My expectations and standards are no less than what they were with Cray. He did a really nice job with those girls. We’re certainly not rebuilding. We have a good team.”

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