The 2013 season is PJ Anadio’s fourth at the helm of the Generals’ softball program. The 2012 campaign was one of the best in the program’s history. The Generals went an astounding 38-6 – good enough for a berth in the 2012 NJCAA World Series. Since he took over the program in 2010, the Generals -- through tireless work on the field, in the community and especially the classroom – have earned the reputation of being one of the top programs at an athletically- and academically-rich institution. In 2011, Anadio was named the Mountain Valley Collegiate Conference and Region III Coach of the Year.
In his short tenure, Anadio has led Herkimer to an overall record of 93-31, guiding all three teams into the Region III playoff tournament. In the last two seasons, Herkimer made it all the way to the regional Final Four, finally breaking through in 2012 for its first Region III Championship in 14 years. That run finally ended in the NJCAA World Series, where the team finished fifth in the nation, giving the Generals two Top Ten finishes the last two years. In those two seasons, Herkimer put together a perfect 24-0 record in Mountain Valley Conference play en route to back-to-back conference championships. All three campaigns have produced numerous accolades and accomplishments in record-breaking style.
Under Anadio and his staff, Herkimer has developed a reputation for being an offensive powerhouse. After finishing in the top 10 in overall hitting in 2010, through the aggressive style and dedication to their mental and physical training, the Generals have led the nation in batting average the past two years. In 2012, Herkimer led the nation in overall hitting, team HR’s and RBI’s. Freshman Steph Siriano, led the nation in HR’s (18) and RBI’s (86) in 2012.
Prior to the 2010 season, Herkimer had two student-athletes in the history of the program named softball All-Americans. Since that inaugural 2010 season under Anadio’s tutelage, Herkimer has placed a total of eight young women – Kayla Ladd (’10,’11), Emily Woudenberg (’11), Krista Oakes (’11), Abby Black (’12), Jess Patterelli (’12), Steph Siriano (’12) and Andrea Rogers (’12) – on the NJCAA All-American teams.
In 2011, Herkimer also placed five student-athletes on the First Team All-Region team, one on the Second Team, and seven on the All-Conference Team. In 2012, Herkimer once again placed five student-athletes on the First Team All-Region and six more on the All-Conference Team. In addition to all the on-the-field accolades the 2012 team piled up, they were also recognized by the NJCAA as being one of a few teams – and the only NYS junior college team – to have a Team GPA above 3.0.
Before taking over the softball program, Anadio had served as Herkimer’s assistant baseball coach since 2007. In his first season as assistant coach, Coach PJ helped lead Herkimer to a 35-8 record and a third-place finish in the World Series. Along with on-the-field responsibilities, Coach PJ acted as Recruiting Coordinator for the program. In addition to coaching baseball, Anadio was also an assistant on the men’s basketball team under Head Coach Matt Lee for three seasons, helping guide the Generals back to the National Championships in 2010 for the first time in over 20 years. In addition to his current softball responsibilities, Anadio is also the Head Men’s and Women’s Bowling Coach at the college.
Anadio played high school baseball at Gloversville High School, where he was a three-year starter for the varsity team. Anadio transferred to HCCC from Hartwick College and was named a two-year captain for the baseball team under coach Hank Testa. As a freshman, he batted .389 for the Generals and was selected to the All-Mountain Valley Conference Team (2000). Anadio played with current head baseball coach Jason Rathbun that season, when Herkimer qualified for the Region III playoffs for the first time in 10 years. Anadio was a very successful student in the classroom where he received numerous honors. He earned Academic All-American, was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and was named to Who's Who Among American Junior College Students.
Anadio is employed as a technical assistant in the Athletic Department, serving as the Director of Intramurals and as the Certified Pool Operator. He previously worked at Fulton-Montgomery Community College where he assisted well-respected coach Mike Mulligan for three seasons. He resides in Herkimer with his wife Jamie and his son Evan.