Florida Southern head softball coach Chris Bellotto has announced that Gianni Artidiello will be transitioning into an expanded role with the program starting this fall after joining the coaching staff as a volunteer assistant in the spring of 2016. A 2-year starting infielder for the Moccasins who graduated last December, Artidiello is part of a staff that already includes Bellotto and assistant coach Michelle Lovell, two other Florida Southern alums.
Artidiello originally came to Florida Southern in the fall of 2012 as a transfer from the State College of Florida-Manatee. In her first season with the Moccasins (2013) she started all 49 games at third base and led the team with a .291 batting average and .382 on-base percentage while hitting at the top of the order. In conference play that year, Artidiello was even better, turning in a .356 batting average, and in the field she committed just five errors in her last 41 games.
After a year off, Artidiello returned to the Moccasins in time for the 2015 season and resumed her role as one of their top-of-the-lineup hitters. While playing both third base and second base, and again starting every game, she hit .295 with a .344 on-base percentage. She finished her two years at Florida Southern with an overall batting average of .294 with five doubles, two triples, one home run and 21 RBI, and was also a member of the Sunshine State Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll as a senior.
Artidiello graduated from Florida Southern with a degree in Human Movement & Performance.