Mod 9 Coaching Staff
Robert Swider, Mod 9 Head Coach
With the start of the 2022 softball season, this will be my 19th year coaching Modified 9 Freshman softball. My coaching career started in the mid 1970’s. 2022 will be my 39th coaching season.
My first year of coaching was noteworthy in many ways. I returned to my high school, Bishop Scully High School in Amsterdam, N.Y., to coach the varsity softball team. Title 9 legislation was mandated (equal sports opportunities for females) and the inaugural softball sectionals were held. I had the honor to coach in the Class B Sectional Finals in the first two years.
My professional education career as a high school counselor at Shenendehowa began in the mid 1980’s. I had the opportunity to step into the softball program as the JV softball coach. The following year and for 12 seasons, I was the varsity softball coach. The 1989 team won the school’s second sectional championship.
I stepped away from coaching in the late 90’s but returned as the freshman coach in 2003 by invitation of Coach Dan D’Amboise.
As of July 2014, I have retired from my counseling position at Shenendehowa. I’m privileged to still have the opportunity to coach at Shen.
Emily Moro, Assistant Mod 9 Coach
The 2019 season will be my first year assisting with the Modified softball team. I have played softball since a young age, and continued to play through high school where I was a shortstop and third baseman. I graduated from Shenedehowa in 2015, and I will be graduating from Russell Sage College this Spring (2019). At Russell Sage, I am a Health Sciences major and I minor in Psychology. After graduating this Spring, I will continue my education at Sage earning a second Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. After completing the second Bachelor’s, I will continue to attend school to earn my Masters in Health Education. Ultimately, I plan to teach Physical Education and high school Health. Learning about Health and Wellness is a passion of mine, and I believe health and fitness are two of the most important contributions for becoming a successful athlete. During any free time, I enjoy running, yoga, reading, any type of exercise, and spending time with my family.