Amy Bellisari | Assistant Coach
Amy Bellisari was named University of Delaware softball assistant coach on Aug. 6, 2018.
Bellisari has spent the previous seven years as the head coach at Division II Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. She led the squad to 26 victories in 2017, the program’s most since 2004, before this year’s team won 25 games including 13 in the Sunshine State Conference, the most since 2003. The Fighting Knights finished .500 or better in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2003-04.
Bellisari, who guided Lynn to four 20-win seasons in the last six years, coached 11 All-SSC and two All-South Region selections. Additionally, the program earned 16 National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American Scholars during her tenure.
Prior to arriving at Lynn, Bellisari served as an assistant coach at Bethune-Cookman for four years. The Wildcats finished in second place in the MEAC in 2009, before winning the conference title in each of the next two seasons. Bellisari began her coaching career as a graduate assistant at Ohio University in 2005-06.
Bellisari played at Florida Atlantic from 2001-04, leading her squads to a 208-80 record with four league titles and four NCAA Tournament appearances. The 2002 team set a school record and led the nation with 62 victories while earning a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Regionals. She graduated from FAU in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in social sciences.
“Amy brings a ton of experience and we are fortunate she chose Delaware,” Blue Hen head coach Jen Steele stated. “Not only is she a good skill builder, but she has a lot of experience with building programs. Our student-athletes will appreciate her attention to detail and easygoing personality.”
Nikki Andrade | Assistant Coach
Nichole Andrade was named University of Delaware softball assistant coach on Aug. 6, 2018.
Andrade spent the previous year with new Blue Hen head coach Jen Steele on the Marshall coaching staff, helping the Thundering Herd win 25 games including a 13-9-1 mark in Conference USA. Prior to her stint in Huntington, Andrade spent six seasons as the head coach of the Vienna Stars travel team and three years as an assistant coach at James Madison High School in Vienna, Va., where she was instrumental in helping players move on to schools in the SEC, ACC and Big 10 conferences.
Her Vienna Stars team had an overall record of 203-63-12 while James Madison HS finished 61-15 during her tenure, including a conference championship and a runner-up finish in the state finals.
Andrade was a three-time All-Pac 10 performer, two-time All-Pacific Region honoree, two-time scholar athlete and 2002 NFCA All-American during her stellar career at Arizona State from 1999-2002. She led the Sun Devils to 40 wins three times, including Women’s College World Series appearances in 1999 and 2002. She currently ranks seventh in ASU history with 253 career hits and tied for 14th with a .333 batting average.
Andrade played for the USA Blue Team in 2001 and USA Elite in 2003, and played five years in the National Pro Fastpitch League. She was an All-NPF performer in 2007 when she led the Washington Glory to the championship. She also had successful coaching stints at Corona Del Mar and Mission Viejo High Schools in California.
“Nichole brings a competitive edge to our program,” Steele said. “She played at a very high level and has a great ability to identify talent. She has a strong desire to compete and win, and our student-athletes will benefit from being around her on a daily basis.”