Michael Surella enters his second year as head varsity softball coach at Gill St. Bernard’s. His extensive coaching background in the sport has helped carry on the Knights' strong tradition with the program.
Last spring, Surella led the team to its third consecutive Mountain Division Skyland Conference title with a 10-2 record in conference play. Six players were named to the All-Conference team while four earned All-Area selections.
“Gill is a great place to coach,” says Surella. “The facilities are top notch and the entire student body gets behind their teams no matter the sport. The support we receive from the entire GSB community makes it a special place to be a part of.”
Along with coaching at Gill, Surella is the Mendham Township Middle School softball coach and has helped his program to three consecutive Morris County finals while winning two titles. Surella also serves as the Player Development Director for In The Zone, a softball academy in Flanders, and previously ran his own club program, the Mendham Mavericks.
“Softball requires a very high tolerance for failure and thus mental toughness is essential,” Surella explains. “This is an important skill that as we develop on the diamond becomes a valuable asset off the field as well.”