Becky Iaccino (American pronunciation: eye uh see no / Italian pronunciation: ee uh chee no) has seen the world with her softball experience and will bring that experience to the UW-Stout program. Iaccino begins her second season as the head softball coach at UW-Stout with the 2016-17 season.
A graduate of NCAA Division I Indiana State, Iaccino played professionally in Italy from 2003 to 2011 and with the Italian National team from 2005-07. She has been the head coach at Marian University where she was selected as conference coach of the year, and has eight years of experience as an assistant coach at Division I and III programs, most recently at Concordia University Chicago.
“This was an opportunity for me to take a high program in the WIAC, a conference that is known as one of the best, and coach in the WIAC,” Iaccino said. “This is an extremely exciting opportunity.”
Iaccino played collegiately at Indiana State University where she served as the team’s captain and earned all-conference honors. Upon graduation, Iaccino played professionally in Italy from 2003 to 2011. Some highlights from her club career include playing for Bollati in 2003, which won the Italian Softball League championship, and playing in 2007 with Forli, which won the European Cup Championship. In her final season, she won a Gold Glove and was named an All-Star while playing for Macerata.
Iaccino also played for the Italian National team from 2005 to 2007. During that time, Italy won consecutive European Championships, their seventh and eighth titles overall. In 2006, the team finished sixth in the International Softball Federation World Championships in Beijing, China and, in 2007, finished second in the EURAFRICA Olympic Qualifier, one out from qualifying to the Olympic Games.
Iaccino returned to the US in 2012 where she assumed the positions of player development instructor and coach for the Downers Grove, Ill., Rebels softball club. Iaccino joined the softball coaching staff at Concordia-Chicago for the 2013-14 season, working with the Cougars for two seasons before joining the UW-Stout staff.
Iaccino also brings quality coaching experience to her position at UW-Stout. She was the head coach at Marian, Wis., University in Fond du Lac and was named the Lake Michigan Conference Coach of the Year in 2003. She was also an assistant coach at Indiana State University for one season and at Elmhurst College for five seasons.
“The diversity of my experiences, coaching and playing, allowed me to get that hands-on experience,” Iaccino said. “Throughout my playing and coaching, I looked to find how to reach that player on a different level. I want to reach a player on their level, but also want them to grasp the team as a whole.”
“What we saw in Becky was her passion and excitement for the game really stood out for the search committee and to myself,” said Duey Naatz, UW-Stout athletic director. “We are excited about what the future holds. Becky brings a combination of experiences as a high international level player, as well as quality coaching experiences.”
Iaccino succeeds Chris Stainer, who coached the program for 17 years. The Blue Devils are one season removed from finishing on top of the WIAC in 2014.
“I would like to thank coach Stainer for her commitment to the Blue Devil softball program,” Naatz said. “This program has quality players and a quality recruiting class coming in.”
Iaccino would like to use the 2014 season as a marker and build on it.
“My goal is not to just win the conference, but to be the best in the conference consistently and be involved in the NCAA tournament,” Iaccino said. “I would like to challenge the players to go beyond their limits. We want to improve on what we did well and see how we can improve on what we didn’t do well.”
Iaccino defines herself as an offensive-minded coach, stressing the short game, consistency and power.
Iaccino graduated from the Indiana State University in 2000 with a BS in Athletic Training. Iaccino completed her masters in Exercise Science with a concentration in Corrective Exercise/Human Movement from Concordia-Chicago in 2015.
“I would like to thank everyone – coach Naatz, Erin Sullivan, the search committee – for this outstanding opportunity to coach at UW-Stout,” Iaccino said. “I am honored to be named the head coach at UW-Stout. I can’t wait to meet the team.”
Iaccino is the fourth head coach in the UW-Stout softball program, which began varsity play in 1992.