STAMFORD — As with her playing days, Melissa Giordano appeared to be on the fast track to a job as a college softball coach. Giordano was an assistant at her alma mater, Marist, but at the end of last season felt a void.
“Coaching in college is a full-time thing and you have to make a big commitment if you want to make a career, and possibly a move,” Giordano said. “I didn’t want to do that. I wanted to get into teaching because I like working with kids, and wanted to be close to my family. I wanted a career where I could do both.”
Giordano’s road has taken her home again — to home plate, if you will — and her original alma mater and first love, Stamford High School.
One of the best players in Black Knights history, the former shortstop has filled in this year as a physical education teacher for a staff member on maternity leave. She served as an assistant for one of her former coaches, Mike Smeriglio, with the volleyball team in the fall. Now she is with her other, Tony Esposito, the school’s softball coach.