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Richardson Announces Additions to Liberty Softball Coaching Staff
Liberty Softball Head Coach Dot Richardson, entering her first season, announced the addition of assistant coaches Bob Pinto and Paige Cassady to her inaugural coaching staff.
Both assistants have coached at the NCAA Division I level. Pinto has been coaching or instructing softball for over 30 years, including two seasons at Long Island. Cassady comes to Liberty following one year as pitching coach at Lipscomb of the Atlantic Sun Conference.
"Liberty Softball is very blessed to have Coach Pinto and Coach Cassady as part of its leadership team," said Richardson. "Coach Pinto comes with over 30 years of experience and Coach Cassady with an expertise in teaching the art of pitching. Both add a dimension to the coaching staff that expands the ability to bring the program to the next level. All of us are committed to help each student-athlete reach her full potential both on and off the field. Our goal at Liberty is to build on the tradition of excellence for the Lord's glory!"
Pinto, who has been married to current Liberty head softball coach Dot Richardson since 2001, has coached extensively at the collegiate, high school, travel and professional levels over the past 32 years.
Pinto has conducted coaches' and players' clinics worldwide since 1998 through the Dot Richardson Softball Series. Additionally, he has served at the national director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Softball Ministry.
He spent the last two years as co-head softball coach at Montverde Academy in Montverde, Fla. While serving as coach of the Eagles, he helped lead them to back-to-back FHSAA Regional appearances. In 2013, the Eagles won the District championship and advanced to the 3A state semifinals, where they came in third place.
"I am honored and humbled that the Lord has allowed me this opportunity to be a part of such an amazing University and to impact lives for His kingdom," Pinto commented. "Billy Graham once said, ‘One coach will impact more young people in one year than the average person does in a lifetime.' I agree with Mr. Graham and I take it very seriously. I look forward to making a difference in the lives of the young ladies that the Lord places in the Liberty softball program. Exciting times are ahead for Liberty softball!"
At the collegiate level, Pinto first gained experience as an assistant coach at the University of New Haven. He then assisted at Adelphi, which competed at the NCAA Division I level at the time.
Pinto took over as head coach at Division I program LIU-Brooklyn in 1993, with the Blackbirds posting a 24-13 record during his first season. During the span of two years at Long Island, Pinto's' teams went 44-34.
A native of Stamford, Conn., he coached travel ball at the 12U, 16U and 18U levels. Pinto was co-head coach for the Stamford Flash from 1984-86 before spending eight years (1990-97) as head coach of the Stamford Wildcats. He guided the Wildcats to several state championships and one Regional title. His Wildcats teams competed in the AFA Friendship Games in Anaheim, Calif., and won a title in Montreal, Canada. During the early 2000's, he coached the 18U Dot's Diamonds, a team which won the 18U NSA National Championship in 2004.
Pinto has coached at five different high schools, beginning as an assistant coach at Greenwich High School in Greenwich, Conn. He then served as head coach at Notre Dame Catholic High School in Fairfield, Conn. While in Florida, he was an assistant at East Ridge High School before taking the head coach job at Central Florida Christian Academy for two seasons.
He played a key role in developing the Profastpitch X-treme Tour. Pinto was the inaugural National Site Director for the tour and had responsibility for all on-site operations. In addition, he was one of the tour's head coaches, working with top softball players, including Olympians and collegiate All-Americans.
Cassady's most recent coaching experience came in 2013, when she served as pitching coach at Lipscomb under head coach Kristin Ryman. While at Lipscomb, Cassady helped the Lady Bisons post a 35-24 record and qualify for the Atlantic Sun finals. During the 2013 campaign, she instructed Tanner Sanders, who was named to the Atlantic Sun All-Freshman team and Conference Tournament team. She was in charge of the infield defense and baserunning, in addition to responsibilities for travel, camps, team academics and recruiting.
"I am very excited to be a part of a staff that is guided and directed by a Godly woman and a great leader, Dot Richardson," Cassady said. "It is very rare to find fellow believers in this world that strive to spread the message of salvation as diligently as Dot and Bob. I can't wait to discover the blessings which will accompany a staff driven by God's word through competition and in the motivating and building of young women. It's my goal to see this program grow into one which will not only glorify God, but be one of the best in the nation. Dot Richardson taught me the importance of the power of the dream at a young age and I plan to carry it through the building of a championship program."
Prior to her time at Lipscomb, Cassady spent two years as a graduate assistant at Louisiana Monroe, where she was the pitching coach under head coach Rosemary Holloway-Hill. In addition to her responsibilities with pitching, she directed the Warhawks' baserunning practice and developed speed and agility workouts.
Cassady has gained extensive experience as a pitching instructor. Since 2005, she has joined her father with Powerline Fastpitch, to provide pitching lessons in and around Orlando, Fla. Several of her students have gone on to pitch collegiately. She also served as an instructor at FIU softball camps and clinics and at a softball camp led by LSU softball head coach Beth Torina.
While working at Louisiana Monroe in Nov. 2012, she served as a keynote speaker on the fundamentals of pitching at an annual Easton Fastpitch southeast conference in Mississippi.
A native of Orlando, Fla., Cassady pitched collegiately for four seasons, beginning with a two-year stint at Presbyterian College from 2007 and 2008. As a freshman in 2007, Cassady won 16 games and was named to the All-SAC second team. Following the 2008 season, she transferred to Florida International, where she was a team captain in 2010.
Cassady graduated with a bachelor's degree in English from Florida International in 2010. She then earned a Master of Arts degree in English from Louisiana Monroe in 2012.