Perniciaro brings nearly 20 years of experience to the Hoosiers
Indiana softball head coach Michelle Gardner announced the addition of Mike Perniciaro to the coaching staff on July 8, 2014. Perniciaro will work primarily with hitting and the infield, as well as assist with recruiting.
"I am thrilled to announce the addition of Mike to our coaching staff," said Gardner. "He brings to Indiana a wealth of knowledge as well as years of experience coaching in the SEC, a combination that will surely have an immediate impact on this program. We are so happy to have him join the IU Softball family."
Perniciaro, who brings nearly 20 years of coaching experience to the Hoosiers, most recently served as the associate head coach at the University of Mississippi. In his three seasons with Ole Miss, Perniciaro coached 32 letterwinners and led the Rebels to school records in hits (396), walks (150) and stolen bases (79).
Prior to his tenure at Ole Miss, Perniciaro spent six seasons as the head coach for the Wichita State softball team, where he led the program to 168 wins. While leading the Shockers, Perniciaro coached Britnee Barnett to the most career hits in Wichita State's history (249).
He also served as the head coach for Northwestern State University during the 2005 campaign, which saw the Lady Demons amass a 35-28 record while averaging 4.7 runs per game.
As an assistant at Auburn University, he guided the Tigers to two NCAA Regional Tournament Appearances in 2002 and 2004. The Tigers also ranked as high as #12 in the nation in 2004. Following a successful 2004 campaign, the Tigers' staff earned South Region Coaching Staff of the Year honors by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
Before his time with Auburn, Perniciaro spent two years with the University of Georgia and was instrumental in the start-up of the program. He coached the Bulldogs to their first-ever winning season in 1998.
Perniciaro and his wife, Shannon, have two children: Nicholas (4) and Alexander (3).
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