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). Lisa has had coaching stints at multiple levels within the softball world including Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, FL, Penn State University in University Park, PA, and Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA.
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!