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Coaching Staff


Mikayla Panko
Assistant Coach

Mikayla Panko became an assistant coach for the UMass Lowell softball team in the fall of 2016. Previously, she was an assistant coach at Division II Assumption College. During her time with the Greyhounds, the squad finished third in the Northern Division of the Northeast-10 Conference with four players receiving All-Conference honors.

Other experience for Panko includes coaching the 16U Nor’Easters softball team out of Tewksbury, Mass., and working as a batting instructor at Aegis Hitting.

Panko was a four-year member of the softball team at Massachusetts. The outfielder appeared in 108 career games, making 49 starts.

A native of Naperville, Illinois, Panko received her bachelor's degree in sociology with a minor in psychology from Massachusetts in 2015.

Bill Vasko
Assistant Coach

Bill Vasko was named an assistant coach of the UMass-Lowell softball program in the fall of 2014.  He previously served as an assistant softball coach at Quinnipiac University during the 2013-14 season.  Vasko also served as the head softball coach at NCAA Division II Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia from 2008 to 2011. 

Prior to his time at Wheeling Jesuit, Vasko was the Athletic Director and Co-Head Softball Coach at Buckeye Trail High School in Lore City, Ohio from 2002-2008.  Vasko's other coaching experience includes stints at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio (1999-2002) where he served as the assistant baseball coach and strength & conditioning coordinator. Vasko held the same position at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio (1995-98) where he was also an assistant football coach. He also served as an assistant football coach at Denison University (1999), Otterbein College (1998), Ohio Wesleyan University (1994), and an undergraduate assistant football coach at The Ohio State University (1992-93).

Vasko is a native of Cambridge, Ohio and a 1994 graduate of The Ohio State University. 

Taylor Carbone
Assistant Coach

UMass Lowell Softball Head Coach Danielle Henderson welcomes Taylor Carbone to her staff for the 2018 season as a volunteer coach. Carbone joins the River Hawks' program after spending one season as an assistant coach at Emerson College.
During her time at Emerson, Carbone assisted the head coach with creating practice plans, setting game day activities and recruiting. She was also in charge of coaching the team's pitchers and hitters.
Carbone has been a private pitching and hitting instructor since 2013. She has also spent time working as both a head and assistant coach for the U-18 Polar Crush since 2014.
A native of Hudson, N.H., she played four years at the University of Massachusetts. As a freshman, she was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team. She also received All-Conference Second Team and NFCA All-Northeast Region honors as a senior.   Carbone graduated from Massachusetts in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in psychology.