BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State head softball coach Shelly Hoerner has announced the addition of Amanda Fefel to the softball coaching staff. Fefel will serve as the pitching coach and also work with the offense and defense.
“I am excited to welcome Amanda to our family. She will bring a wealth of experience with her, especially being a former head coach, which will be a great addition to our program,” Hoerner said. “What Amanda has done with the culture and success on the field at Clarendon is what set her apart from the other candidates. I was impressed with the quick turnaround she had in a tough Texas conference.”
Fefel joins the App State coaching staff after spending the past five seasons as the head softball coach at Clarendon College in Texas. During her time with the Bulldogs, Fefel compiled an impressive 183-95 record. Fefel led Clarendon to the NJCAA Tournament five straight seasons, with the Bulldogs also receiving a top 25 NJCAA ranking in 2018 and a top 10 ranking in 2019.
As the head coach, Fefel was responsible for all player recruitment, travel, game day operations, and off-season training. While at Clarendon, Fefel was also an academic athletic advisor and student life director, where she served as the college compliance liaison for NJCAA medical paperwork, and evaluated degree plans, course equivalency, and graduation completion.
“Amanda has been involved in all aspects of different programs throughout her coaching career which will make this transition very seamless,” Hoerner said. “The knowledge Amanda has for our game, her blue-collar work ethic and energetic personality makes her the perfect fit here at App State Softball.”
Prior to her time at Clarendon, Fefel served as the first assistant for three years at Coppin University where she was responsible for all aspects of the program including budgeting, travel, recruiting, fundraising, and field maintenance.
The Baltimore, Md. native 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.
Her coaching career began at George Mason where she served as an assistant coach. At George Mason, Fefel was responsible for the development of hitters and outfielders, as well as organizing and running team hitting sessions.
Fefel enjoyed a successful playing career as a four-year starter at UMBC. The pitcher was the 10th player in America East history to be named to the All-Conference first team four times. She was also a four-time All-Academic selection. In addition to conference awards, Fefel was named team MVP in 2009 and 2010, in addition to UMBC Female Athlete of the Year in 2009 and Senior Athlete of the Year in 2010.
Fefel graduated UMBC in 2010 with her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Marketing and Business. She received her M.S. in Human Service Administration in 2016.
“I am both extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity in which coach Hoerner and the Appalachian State athletic department has given me to become a part of the Mountaineer family here in Boone,” Fefel said.
“I am looking forward to being a part of the culture and success that this coaching staff is trying to build, both on and off the field. Since the first day I stepped on campus, I could feel the excitement and anticipation of what is to come, and I cannot wait to start this journey beside them.”