Paul Gagliano on Friday was named Wheaton Academy sofball coach, replacing 2011 interim coach Laura Frost.
“I am grateful for this opportunity to coach at Wheaton Academy and thank [athletic director] Andrew Tink for his confidence in me,” Gagliano said in a statement. “I look forward to building upon the foundation that is here and creating a positive, successful and respected program.”
Gagliano has been a top coach with the Wasco Diamonds travel program for several seasons. This past summer, he guided the 12U Diamonds to a 54-21-1 record and a 12U USSSA Central Illinois state championship.
Wheaton Academy finished 10-19 in 2012 while advancing to a regional championship game for the third time in four seasons. The Warriors featured Gagliano's daughter, Marissa, now a junior, as a top offensive threat. Wheaton Academy is set to move from Class 2A to Class 3A this season.