North Carolina A&T State University

North Carolina A&T Athletics
1601 E Market St Greensboro, NC 27401
Division 1 North Carolina Southeast
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Patti Raduenz

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.”

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Theresa Stephens

North Carolina A&T head softball coach Patti Raduenz announced the hiring of Theresa Stephens to be her assistant coach on Sept. 17, 2019.

Stephens comes to N.C. A&T with 14 years of collegiate coaching experience. Five of those years was as a head coach on the Division I level. Her most recent stop was in Raleigh as the assistant softball coach at William Peace University for one year.

Before William Peace, Stephens was the head coach at N.C. Central University in Durham from 2011-15. Stephens spent the previous three years at Campbell University as the top assistant coach. During her time at Campbell, the Camels won the 2009 Atlantic Sun regular-season conference championship. The following year, they took home the A-SUN tournament championship.

Prior to Campbell, Stephens spent a year at UNC Pembroke as an assistant coach for one season. During that season, Pembroke was named the 2008 NFCA DII Coaching Staff of the Year and won the Peach Belt regular-season and tournament championships. The Braves also hosted their first softball regional in school history that season and finished 11thin the country. The program set 33 school records and finished the season with a 46-14 record and a 17-1 conference record.

Stephens received her first head coaching opportunity at Meredith College in Raleigh where she led the Avenging Angels for two seasons. Stephens began her coaching career at Greensboro College in 2003 as an assistant softball coach and spent two seasons there.

As a student-athlete, Stephens spent her first two seasons playing softball for S.C. State University in Orangeburg, S.C. She transferred to Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1999. She completed her undergraduate degree at Temple in 2003 in the field of therapeutic recreation. As a sophomore at SCSU, she was a first-team Onnidan All-American and in her freshman season, she was invited to the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

Stephens is currently attending Southern New Hampshire University Graduate School. She is seeking her athletic administration certification and a master’s in sports management.

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Jelani Smalls

Jelani Smalls started as a volunteer softball assistant coach in 2016 under former North Carolina A&T head coach Kenya Peters. He also served as a student manager until graduating from N.C. A&T in 2018.

When Patti Raduenz became head coach in July of 2019, she retained Smalls as a graduate assistant. Smalls will assist in coaching outfielders and hitters.

A native of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Smalls graduated from N.C. A&T with a bachelor’s degree in sports science and fitness management with a concentration in business administration.

Smalls is expected to complete his master’s degree by the end of 2020 in adult education

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