David Sylvester enters his seventh season as head coach of the SUNY Geneseo softball team in 2018-19. He enters this season with a career coaching mark of 146-89, ranking second in coaching wins and winning percentage (.621) in program history.
In 2018, Sylvester spurred the Knights to a 32-9 mark, including a 13-3 record in regular-season conference play to earn the top seed and host the SUNYAC Tournament. Geneseo powered through the conference championship, defeating Cortland, 5-1, in the final game to earn the program's first SUNYAC title since 2002. The Knights went on to the NCAA Regionals where they defeated Mt. St. Mary, 4-0, and host St. John Fisher, 3-0, to advance to the regional final, but Geneseo fell in consecutive games to the Cardinals. Alyssa Persich '19 was named NFCA All-Region and first team All-SUNYAC while Taylor Moore '19 and Danni Napoli '19 were named second team All-SUNYAC. Sylvester also earned his first SUNYAC Coach of the Year award.
In 2016, Sylvester led Geneseo to a 21-15 record, reaching 20 victories for the third consecutive season and the fourth time in five season at the helm. The squad narrowly missed a postseason bid, posting a 9-9 mark in conference play. Danni Napoli '19 was named first-team all-conference for a second consecutive season and received National Fastpitch Coaches' Association (NFCA) All-Region honors as well.
The Knights posted a 25-17 record in 2016, including a 14-7 mark in State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) play. The squad reached their eighth consecutive SUNYAC Tournament but feel just short of a conference championship. Napoli was named First Team All-SUNYAC while pitcher Mikayla Moore '16 and outfielder Claire VanNewkirk '18 were named to the Second Team.
In 2015 Sylvester led the program to a regular season record of 28-12, the most wins since the 2004 team won the same number and best winning percentage (.700) since the 2003 team went 29-7. Sylvester guided the Knights to its seventh-straight SUNYAC Tournament appearance but the second-seeded Knights fell to top-seeded Cortland in the title game, 9-2. Senior pitcher Corrin Spallone earned All-Region honors and was named SUNYAC Co-Pitcher of the Year while teammates senior Ashley Fillmore and junior Courtney Budynas landed second-team recognition.
Sylvester, who has been part of the program since 2010, led the Knights to a 18-16 record in 2014, finishing fourth in the SUNYAC regular season with an 11-7 mark. The team was eliminated from the SUNYAC Tournament by a 5-4, extra-inning loss to top seed and eventual champion Oneonta. Senior first baseman Samantha Trapasso garnered Second-Team All-SUNYAC recognition for her performance during the season.
Prior to taking over as head coach, he spent three seasons as the Knights' pitching coach. Under his tutelage, three-time All-SUNYAC pitcher Janine Montera '11 garnered NFCA All-Region honors in 2010, along with five other all-region selections during his tenure.
Sylvester earned a bachelor of science degree in education and history from Geneseo in 1985 and returned to complete a master's degree in education in 1990. He currently serves as the middle/high school principal at York Central School. Sylvester previously spent 14 seasons as the head softball coach at nearby Perry High School where he compiled a 150-73 mark. He also served as the head softball coach at Alexander High School for two seasons.