Chris Madonna is in his second season as an assistant coach at Villanova. He is serving the team as the hitting coach and first base coach, and will also work with the outfielders. Madonna is a former collegiate player at the University of North Carolina and played in the 2000 Olympics for Italy.
In his first season with the Wildcats, Madonna made an immediate impact on the success of the team's offense. Villanova batted .273 as a team during the 2008 season while posting a .383 on-base percentage and a .405 slugging percentage. The team's 41 home runs were its highest total in the last decade and six different players hit at least five long balls. Meanwhile, the Wildcats also led the BIG EAST Conference with 301 bases on balls.
Madonna has a wealth of playing experience in both the professional and international ranks. During his collegiate playing career, Madonna played at the University of North Carolina and graduated from the school in 1994. He joined the Zanesville Greys of the independent Frontier League but was soon signed by the New York Mets. Madonna would also go on to play for the Tri-City Posse in the Western League in 1996.
The Boston Red Sox signed Madonna in 1997 and he played with the Class-A Michigan Battle Cats and the Class-AA Trenton Thunder. Madonna batted .341 in 14 games for Trenton but had his season cut short by an elbow injury. He also played in the Oakland Athletics organization in 2001 as well as in the New York Yankees organization.
The first taste of international experience for Madonna came in 2000 when he played for Cantine Ceci Parma in Italy's Serie A1, the top level of the Italian professional league. Madonna was a .400 hitter for the Parma team with 15 home runs, 39 runs batted in, a .540 on-base percentage and a .522 slugging percentage. He was chosen for the Olympic team and would also play for Italy during the 2001 Baseball World Cup. Madonna hit .286 with a .348 on-base percentage and a .429 slugging percentage to lead the Italian team during World Cup play.
Madonna and his wife, Karen, reside in Mantua, N.J.