Softball Coaching Staff Completed
Sept. 19, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV softball head coach Lisa Dodd, who took over the program in June, has named Caitlin Lever and Jessica Serio as assistant coaches. Both will be heavily involved in hitting instruction, while Lever will be primarily responsible for the outfielders and short game, and Serio will focus on the infielders and catchers.
Lever comes to UNLV after playing on the collegiate, professional and international levels of softball. After leading the Canisius Griffins to a conference championship in 2004, Lever transferred to Georgia Tech where she earned first team NFCA All-America honors (2007) and was selected to the All-ACC Team each season (2005-07). In her three years in Atlanta, she owned a .377 batting average with 226 hits - 64 of which went for extra bases - 139 runs, 126 RBI and 71 stolen bases. As a senior, she broke GT records in hits (94 in 2007), on-base percentage (.526) and single-game hits (five). She finished her career ranked in 10 of the program's records, which includes batting average (third) and stolen bases (third). She led her team to the NCAA Tournament all four years of her career. She earned her undergraduate degree in management from Tech in 2009.
Following her three years as a student-athlete at Tech, she became a volunteer assistant for two seasons at her alma mater. She then accepted an assistant coaching position at Niagara University (Jan. 2009 to May 2010), where she helped the team reach the MAAC Tournament both years. A total of nine student-athletes were named to the All-MAAC Teams, while 19 were selected to all-academic recognition under her guidance.
In 2007, she began playing internationally for Team Canada, and she earned a roster spot on its 2008 Beijing Olympics roster. She helped her squad to a fourth-place finish. Besides playing for Canada, she has played professionally in the U.S. in the National Pro Fastpitch league for the Chicago Bandits (2007-11) and the Carolina Diamonds (2012).
Serio makes her way to Las Vegas after serving two years as an assistant coach at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She coached five student-athletes to all-conference recognition, while instructing one Team Canada player.
She was a four-year starter at Massachusetts (2006-10), where she spent three years as the starting catcher and one year as the starting designated player. In each of her four years at UMass, she helped the team to Atlantic 10 regular-season and tournament titles and trips to the NCAA Tournament. During her sophomore campaign, she was selected to the All-Atlantic 10 Second Team behind her .365 batting average. She earned all-tournament team honors as a junior and senior.
From 2008-10, she played for the Stratford Brakettes, who won the 2010 Women's Major National Championship. She was named the 2008 Women's Major All-American Team, while winning the home run and batting titles.
She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from UMass in 2010 prior to obtaining her masters' degree in sports management from Drexel in 2012.
The Barrington, R.I., native, has been influential off the field, as well. Dating back to 2007, she has been involved in the instruction of younger softball players. She has spent time at both the Planet Fastpitch training facility and the Elaine Sortino Softball School. She has a demonstrator at the World Softball Coaches Convention (2009-12) and is planning on working the UCLA Overnight Camp for the second straight year.