Lathrop High athletic director Chuck Selna has announced the hiring of Stephanie Maestretti as the Spartans' new softball coach.
An English teacher on campus, Maestretti previously served as an assistant under Brian Keeney the past four seasons. Keeney stepped down after accepting an administrative role with Manteca Unified School District.
Maestretti is the fourth softball coach in Lathrop's short history. The Spartans compete in the Western Athletic Conference and seek their first postseason berth.
“Coach Maestretti is the right fit for the LHS Softball program,” Selna said in the statement. “Her dedication to her players and students will help them to be successful in competition and in the classroom. I believe that Coach Maestretti will continue to build our program and take it to new levels. She has the passion and knowledge that it takes to run a program.”
Maestretti brings experience both as player and coach.
She was a standout catcher for Sierra High, earning All-Valley Oak League second-team honors for coach Nick Olmo during her senior year in 2010. She went on to have a productive four-year career at Eastern Oregon University of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, seeing time at catcher, outfielder and designated hitter.
“I am very excited for the opportunity to continue to build on the foundations set in place by previous coaches, add in my own philosophies, and continue to grow a competitive program,” Maestretti said. “I'm excited to see where we go from here.”