In her first nine seasons as the head softball coach at Bellevue University, Michala Cimino has guided the Bruins to five conference regular season titles, five conference tournament titles and six appearances in the NAIA National Softball Tournament.
Cimino, who was named the MCAC Coach of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2015 and NSAA Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2017, has compiled an overall record of 343-153-1 (.691) and a 134-33 (.802) mark in conference play.
Coach Cimino led the Bruins to their eighth straight 30-win season in 2017, guiding BU to an overall mark of 50-16. Bellevue won a school-record 20 conference games in its second year in the NSAA, capturing the league's regular-season title. BU reached the 2-of-3 championship series of the conference tournament before falling to Jamestown in three games. The Bruins, however, earned an at-large berth into the NAIA National Tournament. The 50 wins were the second most in school history.
In 2015, Cimino guided the Bruins to the NAIA National Tournament for the third-straight season as BU finished with a 41-14-1 overall record. Bellevue pulled the double of winning the MCAC regular season and tournament championships in the same season for the first time since 2011 and the sixth time overall.
The 2014 Bruins advanced to the NAIA National Tournament for the second-straight season and the seventh time in school history and completed the season with a 36-17 overall record. BU finished runner-up in MCAC regular season with a 16-4 mark before winning the conference tournament championship.
In 2012, Cimino guided the Bruins to a 44-16 overall record including two victories over Central Baptist College who finished the season ranked No. 5.
She has coached six NAIA All-Americans, 39 first team all-conference players, five conference Players of the Year, five conference Pitchers of the Year, four conference Newcomers of the Year, 50 conference Scholar-Athletes, and 14 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.
After helping guide the University of Nebraska at Omaha to 12 consecutive NCAA Division II National Tournament appearances as an assistant coach, Cimino became Bellevue’s head softball coach on July 1, 2009.
Cimino, who replaced Bellevue athletic director and softball coach Ed Lehotak, became just the second head softball coach in school history.
In her 12 seasons as an assistant coach at UNO, the Mavericks won seven North Central Conference titles and compiled a record of 559-184 (.752). Nebraska-Omaha won at least 30 games every season during Cimino’s stay at UNO, highlighted by the Mavericks’ 2001 national championship.
Cimino also enjoyed a stellar athletic career at UNO from 1993-94 and was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. She led the Mavericks to a third-place finish in the 1994 NCAA Division II National Tournament and, in the process, was named to the all-North Central Conference and all-Midwest Region teams. In addition, she was named to the all-tournament team at the 1994 NCAA II Midwest Region Tournament and the 1994 NCAA II National Finals. In only two seasons as a Maverick, Cimino set several school records, including most home runs in a career (18) and most home runs in a season (15).
A native of Omaha, Cimino earned her Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Nebraska-Omaha in 1998.
She was married in August, 2004, to Kurt Cimino of Omaha.
Updated May 14, 2018