Nicole Domenick Hartshorn ’91
My passion for playing the game started with Villa, and my drive to coach started with my own coach, Kathy McCartney. Winning the first ever softball AACA Championship for Villa in 1991 was what inspired me and showed me what it takes to be a true team player. I was fortunate to be awarded a scholarship to play softball for the next four years at Mercyhurst University. I also played minor league baseball for the Mid-Atlantic Pride back in 1994 and played against the finest of minor league baseball teams like the Reading Phillies and the Delaware Blue Rocks.
Villa taught me that positive communication motivates and this became my philosophy. I have been blessed to coach at all levels. My first break was 1996-2002 being hired as the head coach for the Mighty Macs at Immaculata University. I was awarded Coach of the Year in 1998 by the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference. Since then, I have been coaching softball for the last 24 years. I have also taught the mechanics and fundamentals of playing softball to hundreds of young athletes at Grand Slam USA from 1997-2002 .
Coaching at Villa has been so rewarding, whether it be winning District Championships or training in the off season! Much joy has been had while learning how to be a successful team player at Villa. Being a coach at Villa gives me a chance to give back what Villa has given me, determination, resilience, independence and a drive to be my best.