Stephanie DeFeo

Head Coach

Since joining the Mercer University softball staff as a co-head coach in 2013, STEPHANIE DEFEO has been an instrumental leader in one of the best five-year stretches in program history. Mercer is 158-126 over the last five campaigns with a pair of consecutive conference championship-game appearances and semifinals appearances in four of five seasons.

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:
  • 2018
    • Team finished 33-19 in the second season as the sole head coach, including a program-boosting 5-2 win over No. 5 Georgia
    • Bears finished a program-record 11-5 in SoCon play, garnering the No. 2 seed in the Southern Conference Tournament
    • Posted a program-best seven All-SoCon honors, including three on the SoCon All-Freshman team
    • Oversaw Micayla Rood in becoming Mercer’s first-ever SoCon Freshman of the Year
    • Bears saw an increase in batting average (.285), runs (247), doubles (60), home runs (45), RBIs (213) and team ERA (3.02)
    • Oversaw Caroline Taylor break the Mercer single-season home runs record (16), career record in home runs (47) and runs batted in (157)
  • 2017
    • Team finished 26-31 in DeFeo’s first season as the sole head coach, including a 4-0 shutout win over No. 12 James Madison
    • Bears finished 9-9 in SoCon action, advancing to the SoCon Tournament semifinals
    • Led the league with five All-SoCon selections, including two First Team honorees and three Second Team selections
    • Mentored Meghan Rud in being named All-South Region Third Team by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA)
  • 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