|Trinity junior Olivia Gray|
Trinity athletic director Bobby Jones did not have to look far for his new head softball coach. Less than two months after Mike Marino resigned from the position, Shawn Gray has been hired to lead the Hillers in 2014.
Gray, the manager of Team Pennsylvania Fast Pitch’s 16/18U team, served as a volunteer assistant under Marino last season and is the father of Trinity junior shortstop Olivia Gray, a Pitt commit.
His hiring was approved by the school board at last week’s meeting.
“With his coaching experience, both in the district and outside, both high school and travel circuit, it makes Shawn a good fit,” Jones said. “He is well-connected with softball AAU programs so he knows the competition. Shawn stood out as a perfect fit to replace Mike Marino.”
Under Marino’s guidance, the Hillers won the Section 2-AAA title and had a successful run in the WPIAL playoffs. They were eliminated in the second round by West Mifflin.
“Mike did a tremendous job restoring the success of the softball program and it was very talented team,” Jones said. “Make no mistake, Mike Marino was a tremendous coach and had a tremendous staff. Shawn was on the staff as a volunteer. Shawn has knowledge of the sport, tremendous amount of experience in college softball, fast pitch leagues and he has been at Trinity.”