Softball Selects Markle as Head Coach

Former Division I athlete to lead program
Release Date:
November 2, 2010
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

Hamburg, NY - Susan Viscomi, Director of Athletics at Hilbert College, is pleased to announce the hiring of West Seneca native Melissa Markle as the 2010-2011 Head Softball Coach.

“Given the behind the scene experiences Melissa has had at Niagara University, we expect her to be able to hit the ground running, particularly from a recruiting standpoint,” explained Viscomi. “As a scholarship athlete, there is no question that she understands the game of softball. Our women are very excited at the prospect of playing for Coach Markle.”

Markle is a young and enthusiastic coach who will bring a Division I work ethic, as well as playing and coaching experience to the diamond each day. She recently served as an assistant softball coach at Niagara University (2009-2010) where her teaching, coaching and administrative work with the Purple Eagles will shorten the learning curve expected with a new coach.

"I would like to thank Sue Viscomi and the entire search committee for granting me the opportunity to take over the Hilbert College softball program” said Markle. “I believe very strongly that this program has the potential to become a force within the AMCC. I look forward to working and developing the current players, as well as recruiting future athletes to the program.”

Prior to her coaching position, Markle was a four year starter at three different positions on the softball field for Niagara University. Because of the varied roles she played at each base, the three year captain gained a better understanding of the game and all its intricate options. As a fifth-year senior, Markle served as the women’s basketball manager and gained invaluable experience handling the day to day logistics of managing a team.  And at graduation, Markle was honored with the Niagara University Purple Heart Award. She was chosen as the single student-athlete in 2009 who displayed leadership on and off the field, who was active in the University and community, and was the one person in the graduating class who displayed the ‘heart’ for NU athletic programs.

Markle holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications Studies from Niagara University. She currently works at Gateway-Longview as a Child Care Specialist with management and supervisory roles.

She currently resides in East Amherst, NY



Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.