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Appalachian State Softball Adds One More to Coaching Staff

App State Softball head coach Whitney Jones announced the addition of Matt Alberghini to the softball coaching staff Monday. Alberghini joins Alex Ibarra and Stephanie Bagwell as assistant coaches on the Mountaineer staff.

Alberghini comes to Boone from UT Arlington, where he spent two years as the Mavericks’ assistant coach alongside head coach Peejay Brun. He played a significant role in recruiting for UTA while also serving as the primary defensive coach, working with the infielders and outfielders.

He was crucial in the development of the Maverick softball program, overseeing its player development technology, which included DartFish, FlightScope and Blast Motion.

“Having the opportunity align on both ends to bring Matt on staff is special,” Jones said. “I’ve seen firsthand the passion and love he has for bringing out the best in players and doing it at the highest level. His collegiate coaching experiences have included development in just about every area of the game, including hitting, infield, outfield and catching, which will be huge for our program.”

“Having built great connections at all his stops along his coaching journey, Matt will play a key role in the recruiting space and identifying talent. We’re excited to have him, and we’re ready to hit the ground running.”

At UTA, Alberghini helped lead the Mavericks to 39 wins in his two seasons, which included a win over No. 15 Louisiana in 2021 and a win over No. 11 Oklahoma State, which has made the Women’s College World Series each of the past five years. He was instrumental in the development of KJ Murphy, who was named to the All-Sun Belt first team in 2021 and boasted top-five marks in batting average, on-base percentage, hits and OPS that year.

“I am extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity to serve the App State softball program,” Alberghini said. “Under the direction of Coach Whit, there is no mountain too high for the Mountaineers. I look forward to the challenge of coming in as part of a new staff and the process associated with championship-caliber softball.”

“I’d like to send a special thank you to Coach Whit and the entire App State athletic administration for the opportunity. I’d also like to thank my fiancĂ©e, Bailey, for her unwavering support in living out my passion as a coach.”

Before his time at UTA, Alberghini spent a year at Boston College as a volunteer assistant coach. There, he served as the hitting coach and was also involved in recruiting and coordinating Boston College’s softball camps.

The Chesapeake, Va., native coached in the Women’s College World Series in 2019 when he served as a member of the Washington coaching staff, where he and Jones both worked under Heather Tarr. Alberghini was a graduate assistant with the Huskies and was a part of 52 wins in 2019 and a Pac-12 Conference championship. At Washington, he oversaw practice and game day preparation and assisted in statistical analysis.

His extensive coaching career started at Pittsburgh in 2018, as he was named a volunteer assistant coach under ACC Coach of the Year Holly Aprile. His work with the Panther hitters helped the team improve in all major offensive categories, while his work with catcher Georgiana Zeremenko helped her earn All-ACC honors in 2019.

In addition to his work at the collegiate level, Alberghini has worked with the Hyannis Harbor Hawks of the Cape Cod Baseball League and served as the head student manager for Sun Belt foe Coastal Carolina.

Alberghini is a 2017 graduate of Coastal Carolina, earning his degree in recreation and sport management. He earned his master’s degree from Washington in 2019.