The side of coaching that any man or woman would like to avoid has also provided solace to an extended softball family.
The 14th annual EDSAF & Emerson Softball Benefit Tournament will be held on April 8 and 9, at Emerson Borough High School.
The final game of the tourney will feature West Essex taking on Northern Valley-Demarest, at 3 p.m., on April 9.
The EDSAF tourney is certainly close to West Essex assistant coach Steve Mondadori and his daughter, West Essex head coach Andrea Mondadori Llauget. The tournament benefits Ari Solimando, a 2004 Emerson High graduate and former catcher for then head coach Steve Mondadori, who was paralyzed in an accident back in 2003.
For many years at EDSAF, Steve’s team would play Andrea’s West Essex squad in the tourney. Steve coached at Emerson, then for a few seasons at St. Mary (Ruth.) before retiring as a coach at the end of the 2013 season.
Steve never misses this event. One year, he had a surgical procedure and was somewhat limited, but he was there, watching as his youngest daughter coached Emerson and his oldest daughter, of course, was leading West Essex.
Steve decided to come back to coaching as an assistant to Andrea for the 2016 season and West Essex had one of its best seasons, ever, finishing 26-3 and winning an Essex County, Super Essex Conference and state sectional tournament championship.
See link on Steve’s official return. https://mikelamberti.wordpress.com/2015/10/28/father-knows-best-andrea-mondadori-announces-the-hiring-of-a-new-softball-coach-at-west-essex/
The expectations are high again for the Knights in 2017, as Steve is back on the staff.
West Essex has also fared quite well at the EDSAF, winning nine of 12 games and five straight.
The tournament is held over two days and features a number of excellent softball programs in Northern New Jersey.