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Fairleigh Dickinson University Athletics
SOFTBALL
KNIGHTS' COACHES
HEAD COACH BOB BRUNO
Bob Bruno begins his second year at the helm preparing for competition with an increase in assets.  In 2001 Bruno led the newly reinstated softball program onto the diamond for the first time in 15 years, overcoming many challenges.  With the addition of a large and multi-faceted recruiting class the program will now feature a complete roster of athletes eager to showcase their talent to opponents.

Bruno was announced as the first head coach of the softball program’s new era in the spring of 2000.  “Bob’s experience, coupled with his passion for the game, makes him a natural choice for our program,” said Director of Athletics Steve Hurlbut.  “As a life-long educator his skills and values will serve Fairleigh Dickinson well.  His knowledge of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania softball will allow us to attract top players from those softball hotbeds.”

Bruno has over 25 years of teaching and coaching experience in New Jersey.  He has coached Pequannock High School for two seasons and previously was at Palisades Park High School for 12 years.  While at Palisades Park he turned the program into one of the most respected in Bergen County, accumulating a 215-86 record.  Bruno was named the 1996 Bergen County Softball League Coach of the Year.

A 1973 Ramapo State College graduate, Bruno represented New Jersey at the Junior Olympics with the Clark Wildcats during the summer of 1994.  At 2000’s 86-team Pony Nationals held in Sterling, VA, he led the Clifton Cobras (American Softball Association) to an 11th-place finish.

Bruno and his wife, Phyllis, live in Somerset, NJ.  The couple has two daughters, Jessica and Heather.  

ASSISTANT COACH DANA JEANNETTI
Assisting Bruno for the second season will be North Jersey native Dana Jeannetti.  A four-year letterwinner at Georgian Court College in Lakewood, NJ, Jeannetti was an NAIA All-American at second base for the Lions in 1997.  She was also an All-Conference selection and NAIA All-Tournament member at second base each of her four years.

The 1998 graduate played for the Clifton Cobras, who finished ninth at the Major Nationals in 1999.  Her coaching experience includes being an assistant with the Under-16 Project Pride Softball Organization in 1996.  She was an all-state selection at Clifton High School her junior and senior seasons.  

ASSISTANT COACH DON KEIMEL
Keimel enters his second season as assistant coach for the Knights. He has coached three national tournament teams with the Clifton Cobras ASA Under-19 and was assistant coach for the Metro West team at the Maccabiah Games in 1996.  He also has experience as head coach of the North Stars Fall Ball team out of Randolph High School.

Born in Newark, the Parsippany native is currently employed with the Parks and Forestry Department in the Township of Parsippany/Troy Hills.  Keimel and his newlywed wife Carmela reside in Hamburg, NJ.  

 

ASSISTANT COACH RYAN MURDOCH
Murdoch is in his second season assisting the Knights. 

A long-time coach of girls' softball and soccer at Lyndhurst High School in Lyndhurst, NJ, he is a veteran player in men's Class C and was part of the Kearny Graham National Championship. In the summer of 2001 Murdoch was an assistant coach with the Mystic Majectic, a majors fastpitch who now play in the majestic nationals.

Murdoch is a native of Kearny, NJ.