Ona Halladay joined the D’Youville staff in August 2013 and will begin her sixth season as the D’Youville Softball Coach.
The team is coming off a solid season where they returned to the AMCC playoffs after a year away from the postseason. Coach Halladay had two all-conference players in 2018 and a youthful roster. D'Youville made the playoffs as the fourth overall seed, winning six of their last eight.
In her first season, Coach Halladay led the Spartans to a 14-16 record, earning them fifth place in the conference and an appearance in the post-season. The team's success led to four players being AMCC All-Conference selections and one receiving the AMCC Pitcher of the Year award.
In her second season at D'Youville, Halladay led the Spartans to the regular season AMCC Softball Title and the number one overall seed in the AMCC Playoffs. Halladay and the women went to the championship game, and Halladay was named as AMCC Coach of the Year. Under her leadership, the team went 25-9 and had 5 All-Conference selections.
A 2010 graduate of SUNY Brockport with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Halladay was a two-time All-SUNYAC softball selection as a member of the Golden Eagles. The native of Palmyra, New York began her collegiate career playing at St. John’s University for two seasons where she was a two year letter winner.
After completing her undergraduate degree, in 2010 Halladay became involved in the coaching staff at St. Bonaventure where she was the Assistant Coach under long-time SBU coach Mike Threehouse. Under Halladay’s direction, players were named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team and the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Team, and the team was ranked 17th in the country for home runs during the 2011 season. With instruction from Halladay on her hitting techniques, St. Bonaventure player Ashley Snider was able to break the SBU career home run record.
Along with helping the team break records, Halladay also created new methods to assess technical player strengths and weaknesses, designed individual strategies to develop consistent offensive success, and created an education plan for team and positional goal settings.
Halladay also had a large role in recruitment of potential student-athletes onto the SBU softball team and also lead the team’s involvement in community services such as work with Juvenile Diabetes and Cystic Fibrosis.
Before becoming Assistant Coach for SBU, Halladay was involved in multiple camps and clinics in different cities including Myrtle Beach, SC., Spencerport, NY., and Queens, NY. She held a variety of positions including hitting assistant for St. John’s, recruiter and head coach for the Beach League Collegiate Softball, and assistant director and hitting instructor for St. Bonaventure clinics.
D’Youville AD Cavanaugh commented on Halladay’s hiring stating, “D’Youville is fortunate to have someone with such remarkable credentials. We are excited to bring her into our softball program and our athletic department as well.”