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Gagliano takes reins of Wheaton Academy softball

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.

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