Padula is in her third year as head coach at University of the Sciences.
USciences' 12 overall victories and nine wins in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) play in 2018 were both more than double its amount from 2017. The nine league wins were the Devils' most since they had 10 in 2014.
Padula joined USciences from her alma mater West Chester, where she returned to assume the position of assistant coach years after a standout playing career. In her one season with the Golden Rams, she helped lead the team to its best record in program history at 48-9.
Prior to returning to West Chester, she spent two seasons at both Division I Rider and Division III Farleigh Dickinson-Florham.
While working towards her Master’s in Sports Administration at Fairleigh Dickinson-Florham, her team was the first in school history to reach the MAC Championship Game.
As a four-year starter for West Chester, Padula helped the Golden Rams to back-to-back NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional appearances in 2008 and 2009.
After an All-Conference season during her sophomore year, she went on to break 12 school records over her final two seasons, becoming the first pitcher in program with more than 20 wins in a single season. She currently ranks second in program history in wins (61), shutouts (17), innings pitched (721.1) and appearances (146), and is third in strikeouts (366) complete games (81).
During her time at West Chester, Padula participated in the Leadership Challenge Series and the State Farm Leadership Retreat, and was also a participant in the Molly Shepard Mentor Program, which exposes students to Women in Leadership Positions. She is a December 2015 graduate of the NCAA Women's Coaches Academy, which is held twice a year by the Alliance of Women Coaches.
In addition to her coaching duties, Padula has also interned for the West Chester University Department of Athletics, Comcast Sportsnet and the New York Giants of the National Football League.