Patti Raduenz was hired on July 22, 2019 as the fourth head coach in the North Carolina A&T fastpitch era that dates back to 1994.
Patti brings a wealth of experience from the college and professional levels as a coach, player and an administrator. She is a proven winner and was recently inducted into the Michigan State Athletics Hall of Fame.
Her most successful tenure to date was her time as Elon University’s head coach. She coached the was the Phoenix for 11 seasons from 2001-11 and guided her Elon teams to 25 or more wins seven times including four 30-win campaigns. Raduenz earned the 2002 Big South Coach of the Year award and in 2010, she led Elon to the SoCon Championship with a program-best 38-21 record.
Most recently, Raduenz served as the director of operations for the UNC Wilmington women’s basketball program for two seasons starting in 2017. Prior to UNCW, Raduenz was as the director for Barefoot Basketball Camps and worked two years as the Safe Routes to School coordinator for Norfolk (Va.) Public Schools.
Before receiving the Elon position, Raduenz was an assistant softball coach at the University of North Carolina, at California State-Sacramento and at Iowa State. At UNC, she helped the Tar Heels finish fifth in the nation in batting average in 2000.
Raduenz played softball collegiately at Michigan State University and graduated in 1997. She was inducted in the Michigan State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016. She finished her career with the Spartans as the program’s all-time leader batting .372 over her time there. She also set the school’s single-season mark by hitting .422 as a senior as she earned second-team All-America honors.
In addition, she was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America® selection and earned All-Big Ten honors twice. Raduenz also has the second-highest single-season batting average in Spartans history at .414.
After graduating from Michigan State, Raduenz played professional softball for three seasons with the Georgia pride (1997) and the Durham Dragons (1997-99) of the Women’s Pro Softball League. She finished second in the WPSL in batting average and doubles in 1997. She made the All-Star team in 1998. She was selected to the USA Baseball Women’s national team in 2004. The team won the Gold Medal in the Women’s Baseball World Cup in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and claimed the silver medal in the Women’s Baseball World Series in Japan.
N.C. A&T Director of Athletics Earl M. Hilton III on Raduenz: “Patti Raduenz will fit in well with our culture of academic and athletic excellence. She wants to win in the right way and brings a championship mentality to our softball program. She has a history of building competitive teams and a reputation for preparing young women for life after softball. North Carolina A&T has never won a MEAC softball championship. We believe coach Raduenz will help us reach that historic milestone. We are thrilled to have her join our family.”