Head Coach Softball

P.J. Anadio

(315) 866-0300 ext. 8805

The 2021 season was P.J. Anadio’s eleventh year at the helm of the Generals’ softball program. The 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015 and 2014 campaigns saw the team finish second in the nation after their first NJCAA DIII National Championship in 2013 where the team went 43-2 overall. In 2019, the program won their most games in a season, accumulating a 48-8 record. In 2021, the Generals won the Region IIIB Championship and took 3rd place at the NJCAA Division III National Tournament while finishing the year with a record of 25-6.

Since Anadio 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, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 2018 and 2021, Anadio was named Mountain Valley Collegiate Conference of the Year, adding Region III Coach of the Year honors in 2011, 2013 and 2018. Anadio’s entire staff was recognized in 2013 by the NFCA as the National Coaching Staff of the Year.

In his tenure, Anadio has led Herkimer to an overall record of 404-81, guiding all eleven teams into the Region III playoff tournament. In the last ten 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 ended in the NJCAA World Series, where the team finished fifth in the nation, starting the Generals run of 7 Top 5 finishes the last 7 years. In the last ten seasons, Herkimer put together a 105-2 record in Mountain Valley Conference play en route to ten conference championships and nine regional championships. All ten campaigns have produced numerous accolades and accomplishments in record breaking style. 

Prior to the 2010 season, Herkimer had two student-athletes in the history of the program named All-Americans. Since that inaugural 2010 season under Anadio’s tutelage, Herkimer has placed a total of 30 young women –  Kayla Ladd (’10,’11), Emily Woudenberg (’11), Krista Oakes (’11), Abby Black (’12), Jess Patterelli (’12, '13), Steph Siriano (’12, '13), Andrea Rogers (’12), Sammy Smaldone ('13, ‘14), Delaney Buckley ('13), Toni Secreti ('13, ‘14), Ashley Sterritt (’14), Sarah Heimbach (’14), Brittany Ormond ('15), Elyssa LeBaron ('15, '16), Taylor Daniels ('16), Dana Nicoletti ('16) ,Sydney Cimini ('16),  Taylor Fry ('17), Shannon Moore ('17), Keeanna Woicik ('17, '18), Vani Patel ('19), Taylor Zaino ('19), Jennah Hogan ('19), Kali Puppolo ('18, '19) and Melissa Daigneault ('21) – on NJCAA All-American teams. 

In addition to all the on-the-field accolades the 2012 and 2013 teams 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 was also the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at the college in 2015-2016, leading the Generals to a Regional playoff spot.  

Anadio played high school baseball at Gloversville High School, where he was a three-year starter for the varsity team. Anadio transferred to Herkimer College 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 in 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 coordinator 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 Frankfort, NY with his wife Jamie and his son Evan.

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