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Morabito Named UVa Softball Assistant

Joe Morabito is trading Orange County orange and blue for Cavalier orange and blue.

Virginia softball named the former Hornets baseball coach an assistant to new Cavalier head man Blake Miller Wednesday.

“Joe brings a strong sense of aggressiveness to our program,” Miller said in a statement. “He is very fundamentally strong, has won championships and been very successful at every level he has been at. I think it is important to surround this program with winners and successful individuals as we build an aggressive culture.”

Prior to his stint with Orange County the last two seasons, Morabito worked with the North Florida Community College softball team from 2000-07, serving as an assistant from 2000-03 and as head coach from 2004-07. He helped turned the Sentinel program around from a 13-37 season in 2001 to a 37-13 record the next year. The Sentinels went on to win the Panhandle Conference, Gulf District and state championships and finished eighth in the NJCAA World Series in 2003.

“To have an opportunity to work at the University of Virginia is unbelievable,” Morabito said. “I’ve known Blake a long time as we coached against each other and had a great mutual respect for each other because we attack the game the same way. I’m going to bring a blue-collar, hard-working attitude to the program. Both Blake and I are similar in that we’re both offensively minded and incredibly aggressive in our approach to the game. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

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