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Broad Run alum to coach Lafayette softball

Nearly a decade ago, Caitlyn de la Haba was busy dominating the varsity softball landscape as an ace pitcher for the Broad Run Spartans.

She twice earned Gatorade Virginia Player of the Year honors and helped Broad Run finish the 2008 season as the nation's No. 1 ranked prep team, according to USA Today.

A stellar four-year playing career at Villanova University was followed by assistant coaching stints at Villanova, Lehigh and George Mason.

Now, de la Haba has landed her first head coaching opportunity at the collegiate level. After serving two seasons as George Mason's pitching coach, de la Haba was recently hired as head coach at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania.

“I am extremely excited to be the next head softball coach at Lafayette,” de la Haba stated in a release. “I want to thank [director of athletics] Bruce McCutcheon and the rest of the athletic department for the incredible opportunity to lead this program."

Lafayette competes in the NCAA Division I Patriot League.

"I believe my experiences as a player and coach have prepared me for this moment, and I am grateful to be a member of the Lafayette family," de la Haba continued. "I am looking forward to meeting the players and working with them to accomplish their vision of being Patriot League champions.”

Playing for coach Ed Steele at Broad Run, de la Haba produced an overall record of 82-1 in the pitching circle. She recorded 65 shutouts, 26 no-hitters and 13 perfect games.

Along with securing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Villanova, de la Haba continued her education during her coaching tenure at Lehigh and earned a Master's degree in Educational Leadership.

“Caitlyn brings exceptional experience to the post having played and coached in the Big East, Atlantic 10 and Patriot League," McCutcheon praised.

"Caitlyn also brings great energy and passion dedicated to graduating student-athletes who compete and contribute at the highest level in the classroom, on the field and in the community. We look forward to the softball program flourishing under Caitlyn’s leadership.”


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