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Michelle Grifoni putting her Salem State education into practice back on campus

Michelle Grifoni was an all-around athlete at Peabody High and had a .330 career softball average at Salem State.
Michelle Grifoni was an all-around athlete at Peabody High and had a .330 career softball average at Salem State.

Michelle Grifoni was a four-year starter on the Salem State women’s softball team, captaining the 2012 squad that advanced to the NCAA Division 3 tournament.

The Peabody High grad is now back on campus as an adjunct professor.

A nurse practitioner, Grifoni lectures on the Fundamentals of Professional Nursing Practice.

“My mom, Carole, who is my role model, is an amazing nurse, and I always wanted to do the same,’’ said Grifoni.

A career .330 hitter with 31 stolen bases in 45 attempts, striking out a meager 27 times in 509 at-bats, Grifoni was the university’s Female Student-Athlete of the Year in 2012.

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“I was given all the opportunities to be successful from our coach, Leanne Harris,’’ said Grifoni, who starred on both the 2010 (35-10-1) and 2012 (33-14) squads that won MASCAC titles qualified for the NCAA D3 tourney.

“Sports helped my academics, because I had strict deadlines and limited time to get work done around my sports schedule.’’ At Peabody High, Grifoni was a three-sport captain (volleyball, basketball, and softball) and co-Female Athlete of the Year. She is a member of the school’s athletic hall of fame.

“I was honored to be chosen and definitely not expecting it,’’ she said. “To be accepted among all the outstanding coaches and players is something I will never forget. ‘’

Grifoni, 29, married former Salem State hockey player Ian Flanagan last year. The couple planned to move to Middleton this month.

“Sports has taught me leadership skills, sportsmanship, and commitment and made me a team player in my community and my career,’’ she said.

“Knowing I made a difference in a patient’s life, even if it’s just being present for them, is very rewarding.’’


Marvin Pave can be reached at marvin.pave@rcn.com