Joe Verbanic enters his 13th season as the head coach of George Mason softball.
When he came to Mason, Verbanic brought with him more than 20 years combined coaching experience at both the collegiate and high school levels. Most recently, Verbanic was at Alta Vista High School (1986-2004) where he taught several courses, including physical education, weights & fitness training and Life Skills. Additionally, Verbanic served as an assistant to the San Diego State coaching staff at the same time.
Verbanic enjoyed its most successful campaign at the helm of the Patriots in 2015, when he led the team to the semi-finals of the 2015 Atlantic 10 Championship, beating top-seeded Dayton on the way there. Mason finished the season 21-27 overall and 11-12 in the A-10.
Last season, Mason won 22 games under Verbanic, 12 of them at home. The Patriots posted an 8-13 A-10 record, including wins in the series against Rhode Island (home), Saint Joseph’s (away), and La Salle (away). Mason’s most impressive performances in 2016 were a 13-2 win against Siena in the season opener, a 21-1 victory against Howard at home and a 7-0 shutout at Towson.
Kiana Quolas, a former two-time conference pitcher of the
year at Coastal Carolina, enters her first season on the George Mason softball coaching staff heading into the 2017-18 school year.
She spent the last two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Youngstown State. At Mason, she will serve as the pitching coach and work with the pitchers and catchers.
“We are extremely blessed and excited to have Kiana joining our staff,” Verbanic said. “She is a young woman of high character and energy and she brings a strong background of softball experience that will provide a seamless transition to our coaching staff. Kiana’s experiences at the D-I level as both an athlete and coach will be a great influence on our student-athletes.”
Justin Walker is entering his first season as a softball assistant coach. He previously was a volunteer assistant coach for the baseball team, a role he had since 2013.
Walker arrived in Fairfax after previous college coaching experience at Bowling Green State University in 2011, and a season working with John Carroll University.
A native of Marengo, Ohio, Walker is a graduate of Rio Grande University in Ohio, where he earned his degree in sports and exercise studies with a minor in coach leadership.