Blake Miller added to his staff in August 2016 with the hiring of Stephanie Peace. One of the best players in Wisconsin Softball history, Peace spent the last year as a graduate assistant at Texas A&M-Kingsville.
Peace's role with the Javelinas included management of the day-to-day operations, opponent scouting and coordination of travel for the program. During her year at A&M-Kingsville, Peace guided the team to a 22-33 record and coached the first D2CCA All-American in program history, as well as a Lone Star Conference Gold Glove Team winner.
Prior to joining A&M-Kingsville, the New Braunfels native had an illustrious playing career at Wisconsin, where she ranks first in games played and walks, second in stolen bases and third in runs and home runs.
An all-around presence in Madison, Wisc., Peace was a force her senior year with a .579 slugging percentage and a .967 fielding mark, which will translate to the field for the Islanders when combined with Miller's hitting acumen. She finished her career with a litany of awards including two NCAA Tournament All-Region selections.
Peace also garnered recognition for her efforts in the classroom with three selections to the Big Ten All-Academic team and being named University of Wisconsin Board Scholar in 2010 and 2011.
In addition to her impressive career with the Badgers, Peace spent time as a student-assistant coach at Wisconsin, an instructor for Wisconsin and Milwaukee Brewers camps and a coach for the Texas Bombers U18.
With the Islanders, Peace will help with the day-to-day operations, while working with infielders and outfielders, as well as hitting.
Joe Morabito arrived on the Island in June of 2017. A proven teacher at the plate, he will primarily work with the hitters, as well as the outfielders.
Morabito previously worked will Miller at the University of Virginia, where the pair served on the same staff from 2013 to 2016. During his time in Charlottesville, Va., Morabito worked closely with the hitters and the outfielders. The Cavaliers set a new school record with 55 home runs in 2016 and a team record for GPA. Morabito guided UVA to a better batting average in each of his three seasons, while helping the program climb more than 150 spots in the national rankings. He guided outfielder Allison Davis to an All-ACC Second Team selection in 2016, as she hit .357 at the plate.
Morabito worked with the North Florida Community College softball team from 2000-07, serving as an assistant from 2000-03 and as head coach from 2004-07. He helped turned the Sentinel program around from a 13-37 season in 2001 to a 37-13 record the next year. The Sentinels went on to win the Panhandle Conference, Gulf District and state championships and finished eighth in the NJCAA World Series in 2003.
During his tenure at NFCC, Morabito led nationally-ranked Sentinel squads to single-season school records in wins (47 in 2004), along with guiding the team to new offensive records, including home runs and runs scored.
After his time in Madison, Fla., Morabito served in the United States Navy from 2007-11, earning an U.S. Army Commendation Medal. Qualified in expeditionary warfare, Morabito is an Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran and served on task unit support for Seal Team 7.
During his final two years in the Navy, Morabito has served as the head baseball coach at Orange County High School.
Morabito graduated from Thomas University (Thomasville, Ga.) in 1999 with a degree in criminal justice. Morabito played for the Nighthawks as a pitcher and helped lead the team to its first national ranking and first regional appearance. Morabito earned his master's degree in education from Trident University International in 2012.
Morabito is married to the former Kelley Jenkins. The couple has one son, Nico, and welcomed a daughter, Mila, to the family in December 2014.