Softball Coach's Corner


Amanda Fefel

Head Softball Coach

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Amanda Fefel enters her fourth season as Clarendon Colleges head softball coach, bringing with her 6 years of coaching experience at the NCAA Division I level in addition to a stellar playing career.

Prior to arriving in Clarendon, the Baltimore, Md., native served as the first assistant for three years at Coppin State University where she was responsible for all aspects of the program including budgeting, travel, recruiting, fundraising, and field maintenance. During her three seasons with the Eagles, Fefel helped guide more than 15 student-athletes on the All-Academic Team and over 10 on the All-Conference First and Second Team, including pitcher of the year. While working for the Eagles, Fefel served as an individualized hitting and pitching instructor for Softball Factory.

Her coaching career began at George Mason University in 2010 where she served as an assistant softball coach, specializing in hitting and outfield. Fefel helped aid the Patriots in the development of several All-Conference and Academic honors.

Fefel had an outstanding high school and collegiate career. A four-year starter at UMBC she quickly etched her name in the Retrievers record books where she holds many of the schools hitting and pitching records. While at UMBC, she was the 10th player in America East history to be named to the All-Conference First Team four times. Fefel was also named to the All-Academic team, All Championship team, ECAC All-Star Team and won the schools Most Outstanding Female Athlete Award in both 2009 and 2010. She also received accolades for being both player and pitcher of the week honors in the conference.

Fefel graduated with her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Marketing and Business, and is currently seeking her M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling.


 

Shanna Smith

Assistant Softball Coach

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Shanna Smith is in her fourth season as an assistant coach for the Clarendon Bulldogs for the 2017 season.

Smith spent time at Daytona State College as the volunteer assistant coach where she was responsible for the strength and conditioning program as well as practice and game preparation, community service organization, recruiting, fielding and position play instruction for infielders and hitting. While giving private instruction, Smith also worked with the Softball Factory as a player development coach.

During the 2010 season, she served as the volunteer assistant coach for Saint Mary’s College of California. The Gaels earned their first NCAA Tournament bid as Pacific Coast Softball Conference tournament champions in 2010. Smith's primary responsibilities on the field included working with the infielders and hitters while off the field, Smith ran the strength and conditioning program, scouting reports, and managed the recruiting database. Smith spent the 2009 season as an assistant coach for North Carolina State University after graduating from there in May 2008. 

As a student-athlete, Smith was a four-year shortstop at NC State from 2005-08, Smith was twice named first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference. She also became the first Pack player to pick up first-team NFCA All-Region honors as a senior. Smith complied some heavy numbers with the Wolfpack, setting several school records along the way. Her 86 career stolen bases is a school record.

Smith played in 257 games during her tenure at NC State, including 244 starts. In all, she started in 233 consecutive games beginning during her freshman campaign and ending with her last collegiate contest.

Smith holds a B.S. in Sports Management from NC State University.