Pardalis Announces Retirement
Riverdale, NY - Fresh off leading Manhattan to its first MAAC Softball Championship in 22 years, longtime Head Coach Tom Pardalis has announced his retirement.
Pardalis steps down as the winningest coach in program history, guiding the Jaspers to a 275-274-1 (.501) record over 12 years at the helm of the Green & White.
Additionally, he accrued seven winning seasons, and qualified for the MAAC Championship eight times since assuming the reigns of the Manhattan program in 2010 while missing the conference tournament just three times.
During MAAC play, Pardalis' teams took it up a notch in registering a stellar 121-93 (.565) league record, highlighted by a school-record 14 victories in 2016.
In 2016, he led the Jaspers to their first 30-win season in 23 years, before winning a school-record matching 34 games in 2017.
Pardalis, who claimed the aforementioned 2021 MAAC Championship as the No. 6 seed, also advanced to the finals of the 2014 MAAC Championship.
Under his guidance, he has overseen the development of four MAAC Major Award Winners. Nicole Williams was the 2021 MAAC Championship Most Outstanding Performer and the 2017 MAAC Rookie of the Year, while Lauren Pitney was the 2019 MAAC Defensive Player of the Year, and Elena Bowman the 2015 MAAC Player of the Year.
Also under his watch, Bowman and Kate Bowen were Academic All-Americans and Senior Class Award finalists.
Pardalis had at least one All-MAAC Performer in all 11 non-Covid-19 years, placing at least one on the first team 10 times. In total, 20 Jaspers earned All-MAAC First Team honors, and 13 were recognized on the All-MAAC Second Team, highlighted by Bowman who garnered league honors all four years.
A renowned national and local recruiter, he also recruited seven MAAC All-Rookie Team honorees in six seasons since the rookie recognition was added for the 2015 season.
Assistant Coach Cat Clifford has been appointed the Interim Head Coach for the 2022 season.