Lisa Birocci Banse spent the last two years serving as the PITCHING coach, and PERFORMANCE coach for the Italian Olympic Softball Team and has had an extensive amateur, and professional international playing and coaching career. She has turned in her clipboard for the time being to now go back to playing in Italy and for TEAM ITALY with the hopes of qualifying for the Olympics! She was a multi-year member of the D.E.S. Caserta professional softball team in Caserta, Italy (2005-2006, 2009), and A.S.D. Bussolengo (2016) in Bussolengo, Italy after a successful four-year career at The University of Iowa. She now plays for Saronno Softball A.S.D. in Northern Italy near Milan. At The University of Iowa, she was a two-time NFCA All-American (2003, 2005), three-time all region selection (2003-2005), and Big Ten Pitcher of the year (2003). She broke the single-season strikeout record in 2003 with 267, her sophomore year. She would go on to fan 313 her junior season and 288 her senior season in 2005. She currently ranks 2nd in strikeouts all time at Iowa. Lisa twice won 29 games in a single year doing so in both the 2003 and 2005 seasons.
During the 2009 season in Italy, she was named the MVP of the Italian Serie A1 softball league, leading her team both on the mound and at the plate. An Italian dual citizen, Lisa was on the Italian National Team in 2005, 2006, and 2009. She participated in the 2005 European Championships in Prague helping lead Italy to a first place finish that year. In 2016, she returned to Italy to play for ASD Bussolengo under her friend and long-time coach Enrico Obletter, helping the team to win their 5th national championship in the Serie A1 league and compete in the Premiere Cup in Staranzano, Italy.
On the Division I coaching scene, she was an assistant coach at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida during the 2006-07 year as well as her most recent stint as an assistant coach at Penn State University (2010-2013). At Bethune-Cookman, she worked with the pitching staff and outfielders, she was also influential on the recruiting front. At Penn State, she worked with the pitching and catching staffs as well as assisting with all other aspects of coaching the game and recruiting. Lisa has given individual softball lessons and conducted her own camps and clinics since 2001.
Lisa currently serves as the National Pitching Director for the Frozen Ropes USA franchise, and considers Frozen Ropes Hershey her softball home. She will serve as the Softball Director for the facility which is set to open in Spring 2019. She is excited to be part of a facility that hopes to unify and centralize softball in the state of Pennsylvania!