QU Softball Announces Hiring of Assistant Coach Bill Vasko
HAMDEN, Conn. – On Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, the Quinnipiac Director of Athletics and Recreation Jack McDonald as well as softball interim head coach Jill Karowski announced the hiring of Bill Vasko as an assistant coach. Vasko comes to Quinnipiac with three years of head coaching experience at the Division II Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia in addition to organizing several softball clinics and training regimens for young athletes.
Vasko served as the head of the Cardinals for three season (July 2008 – May 2011) and developed a program with strong academic emphasis. He developed an academic advising program that identified and assisted student-athletes who were at-risk academically. During his time at Wheeling Jesuit, he also served as an elected member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II Recruiting Committing, serving as the NCAA Div. II chairperson from 2010-11.
Among his current titles include the Director of Softball Clinics for the Diamond Edge Sports Clinics (since May 2011), the Sport Performance Specialist and Web Designer for MAXX Athletes (since June 2006), CEO of CoachBbook (since October 2008), and Director of Coach Education for the American Society for Quality in Athletics (since April 2013). At Diamond Edge, he organized national softball clinics for high school-aged players while he designs sport skill training, as well as strength and speed training, in his work for MAXX Athletes. Vasko is the Founder and CEO of CoachBook, a social networking website for sport coaches worldwide. Finally, he provides training to coaching staffs and athletic departments at professional, collegiate and high school levels for the American Society for Quality in Athletics.
Prior to his time at Wheeling Jesuit, Vasko was the Athletic Director of Buckeye Trail High School in Lore City, Ohio from 2002 – 08. Among his administrative duties, he oversaw the design and development of a new multi-million dollar athletic complex that included new baseball and softball fields, football stadium, 8-lane track, fieldhouse, public facilities and practice fields. He also taught freshman health, anatomy & physiology, intro to strength training and was the head of curriculum for the Health & Physical Education departments in grades 7-12.
He first gained coaching experience at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio (1999-2002) where he served as the assistant baseball coach and strength & conditioning coordinator. Vasko also held the same position at Kenyon College in Gambler, Ohio (1995-98) where he was also the head of academic advising programs for football and baseball athletes. His coaching experience goes well beyond softball as he was an assistant football coach at Denison University (1999), Otterbein College (1998), Upper Arlington High School (1993) and one of the nation's most-prestigious football programs in The Ohio State University as an undergraduate assistant football coach (1992-93).
Vasko gained his Bachelor of Science in Education in June 1994 from the Ohio State University with a major in health, physical education & recreation. He also earned a teacher certification in Physical Education and Health, grades 7-12, from Denison University in 2000 and a Master of Arts in Secondary Education/Educational Leadership in May 2002 from Muskingum University.