Mercer University

1400 Coleman Ave Macon, GA 31207
Division 1 Georgia Southeast
Private Small National competitor

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Stephanie DeFeo

Since joining the Mercer University softball staff as a co-head coach in 2013, STEPHANIE DEFEO has been an instrumental leader in the Bears’ best three-year stretch in program history. Mercer is 99-76 over the last three campaigns with a pair of consecutive conference championship-game appearances in 2014 & 2015.

Collegiate Coaching Experience:

August 2016-Present – Mercer University

Head Coach

Fall 2013-August 2016 – Mercer University

Co-Head Coach

2012-13 – Purdue University

Assistant Coach

2016-12 – Ball State University

Associate Head Coach

2002-05 – UNCG

Head Coach

2000-02 – ETSU

Head Coach

1999-00 – University of Buffalo

Assistant Coach

1998-99 – University of Texas at San Antonio

Assistant Coach

1997 – Southeastern Louisiana University

Assistant Coach

Coaching Accolades at Mercer:

2016

Team finished 23-35 overall but placed third in SoCon Tournament


Mentored three All-SoCon selections, including two First Team selections; & two SoCon All-Freshman Team selections


Saw Natalie Shiver repeat as a CoSIDA Academic All-American


2015


Helped usher program into Southern Conference; Went 37-22 (10-7 SoCon) in first year as league member


Reached SoCon Tournament Championship in first season as league member; placed as tournament runner-up


Mentored sophomore RHP Kirsten Stevens (All-South Region Third Team selection; SoCon Pitcher of the Year)


Coached four All-SoCon selections & one SoCon All-Freshman Team selection


Mentored Natalie Shiver (CoSIDA Academic All-American; first-ever in program history)


2014


Helped guide Mercer to second-best record (39-19) in program history


Reached ASUN Tournament Championship; placed as tournament runner-up


Set program-record with an RPI ranking of 40


Went 21-5 at Sikes Field


Mentored one All-ASUN First Team selection; three ASUN All-Freshman Team selections; & one All-ASUN Academic First Team selection


Past Coaching Accolades:


Purdue University


Oversaw two All-Big Ten student-athletes & two All-Region student-athletes


Mentored one Academic All-American


Ball State University


Three-time Mid America Conference Regular Season Champions (2009, 2010, 2012)


2010 MAC Tournament Championship; Competed in the NCAA Tournament Knoxville Regional


Saw teams break and reset over 12 single-season program records during seven-year tenure


2012: single-season records for home runs (70), runs scored (368), slugging percentage (.543) & total bases (826)


Mentored Ball State’s first-ever All-American: Jenny Gilbert (3-time All-American)


Mentored 20+ All-MAC student-athletes; Three MAC Players of the Year; One MAC Pitcher of the Year; Six All-Region student-athletes


UNCG


Guided program to a 68-48 record in first two seasons; Was SoCon runner-up in 2003


Saw team set single-season program & SoCon records for home runs (57)


Mentored the 2003 SoCon Player of the Year


Coached six All-SoCon student-athletes


ETSU


Ushered in the sport of softball as program’s first-ever head coach


Set NCAA Division I record for most conference wins in program’s first year (9); Finished fifth in Southern Conference standings


University of Texas at San Antonio


Saw team break former single-season home run record (7) with 52 home runs in 1998


Coached UTSA’s first-ever All-American: Amanda Michalsky


Professional Organization Memberships/Licenses:


National Fast-Pitch Coaches’ Association (NFCA)


Education:


1993-97 – University of Louisiana at Lafayette


Collegiate Playing Experience:


1994-97 – University of Louisiana at Lafayette


1997


All-American Third Team selection


GTE Academic All-American


All-South First Team; All-Louisiana First Team


Broke her own single-season program record for home runs (15)


Set career program records for home runs (43), slugging percentage (.676) & RBIs (187)


1996


GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American


All-South First Team; All-Louisiana First Team


Broke her own single-season program record for slugging percentage (.739)


1995


District VIGTE/SIDA Academic All-American


All-South First Team; All-Louisiana First Team; All-American ASA Women’s Majors Third Team (Catcher)


Set single-season program record for home runs (13) and hit-by-pitch (8)


Set single-game program record for runs scored (5)


1994


All-American First Team selection (Designated Player)


All-South First Team; All-Louisiana First Team; Freshman of the Year in Louisiana


Set single-season program record for slugging percentage (.738)


Professional Playing Experience:


Summer 1998 & Summer 1999 – Durham Dragons (N.C.)


Summer 1997 – Orlando Wahoos (Fla.)


Helped the team to the inaugural WPSL Championship

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Email coach

Megan Curry

Collegiate Coaching Experience:

2016-2018- Samford University

Assistant Softball Coach

Education:

Samford University, 2016 (B.S. Sport Administration)

Collegiate Playing Experience/ Accolades

2013-16- Samford University

2016

NFCA South Region First Team

SoCon All Conference First Team

SoCon Player of the Year

SoCon Player of the Month (April)

SoCon Player of the Week (April 4)

Lead the nation in doubles per game in the regular season

2015

SoCon All Conference First Team

NFCA All Region Third Team

Set single season school record for hits with 86 total

Set single season record for at-bats with 197

Lead the team with a .437 batting average

2014

SoCon All Conference First Team

SoCon All-Tournament Team

Recorded single season high for stolen bases with 22 for 25

Single season record with 67 hits

One of two Bulldogs to record a perfect fielding percentage

Posted a .351 batting average which ranked third in the single-season record book

2013

SoCon All-Freshman Team

Tied for the team lead with a six-game hitting streak

One of two regular starters on team to hold a perfect fielding percentage

Hit first ever triple at Samford Softball Field on April 20 vs. Elon

Had nine multi-hit performances

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Email coach

Mollie Hanson

Collegiate Coaching Experience:

July 2017-Present – Mercer University

Pitching Coach

2016-17 – Samford University

Graduate Assistant Coach

Education:

Samford University, 2017 (DEGREE)

Samford University, 2016 (DEGREE)

Collegiate Playing Experience/Accolades

2013-16 – Samford University

2016

SoCon Pitcher of the Year

SoCon Tournament Most Valuable Player

NFCA South Region Third Team

All-SoCon First Team

No-hitter at UNCG (May 12 in SoCon Tournament)

Five-time SoCon Pitcher of the Week

Tied her own program single-season wins record with 23-10 record

.234 opposing batting average, 26 complete games, 136 strikeouts

2015

All-SoCon Second Team

19-12 record (39 appearances, 29 starts)

194.2 innings pitched, 144 strikeouts, 19 complete games

2014

All-SoCon First Team

SoCon Pitcher of the Month (April)

One-time SoCon Pitcher of the Week

Set program single-season wins record with 23-10 record

21 complete games (26 starts in 40 appearances), 1.44 ERA

Career-best 166 strikeouts in 199.1 innings pitched

2013


Team-leading 1.76 ERA


No-hitter at UNCG (March 10)


Started 14 games in 16 appearances


102 strikeouts in 83.2 innings pitched

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