Marshall hires new head softball coach

Jennifer Steele has been named the new head softball coach at Marshall University. She has spent the last three seasons at Jacksonville University. (Jacksonville University Athletics)

Less than three weeks after long-time Marshall softball coach Shonda Stanton announced she was leaving the program to take a head coaching job at Indiana, the school has filled the open coaching position.

On Wednesday, Marshall University announced Jennifer Steele had been named the new head softball coach.

Steele has spent the last three years in the Sunshine State as the head coach of the Jacksonville University Dolphins.

In three seasons with Jacksonville, Steele led the Dolphins to 86 wins. In 2017, the Dolphins finished with 30 wins, the school’s most since 2013.

Under Stanton, the Herd was one of the most aggressive teams in the country on the base paths. In her 18 seasons, Marshall finished top 10 nationally in stolen bases 11 times, more than any team in the country.

Under Steele, Marshall fans can expect to see more aggressive base running from the Thundering Herd. In 2017, Jacksonville finished ninth in the nation with 113 stolen bases.

During Steel’s three-year tenure at Jacksonville, 10 players were named to the Atlantic Sun All-Conference Team and five received all-academic honors.

Steele will be taking over a Marshall team that is coming off one of its best season’s in school history. In 2017, the Herd spent four weeks inside the top 25 and won a school-record 42 games. Marshall won the Conference USA regular season title and received at at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

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