Softball Hires Danielle Spaulding As Assistant Coach
The University of Redlands Head Coach and former All-American comes to the Beach as a pitching coach.
Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State Softball has hired Danielle Spaulding as the team’s pitching coach, replacing long-time assistant Stephanie Brown who departed from the program after the 2016 campaign.
A three-time All-American as a two-way player at North Carolina, Spaulding was the ACC Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009 before being named the ACC Pitcher of the Year in 2010. Spaulding led the nation in strikeouts per seven innings in 2009, averaging a dominant 14.3 K/7, and hit over .300 in each of her final three seasons with the Tar Heels.
“I am excited to welcome Danielle to our coaching staff and Beach family,” said head coach Kim Sowder. “Danielle was one of the best pitchers and hitters in the country while at North Carolina, and she certainly knows what it takes to be great. She has gained valuable experience having played for and coached with some of the best coaches in our game.”
After finishing her North Carolina career with a 64-16 record and 940 strikeouts, Spaulding went on to play professionally for two seasons while working as a volunteer pitching coach for Texas A&M.
Returning to Southern California where she is a native, Spaulding spent one season as a graduate assistant softball coach at the University of Redlands, and then took on head coaching responsibilities in 2013 on an interim basis. She was then hired on full-time to coach the team in the summer of 2014.
Over three seasons as head coach of the Bulldogs, including her interim season, Spaulding recorded a 76-52 overall record, including a 26-16 overall record last season as her pitching staff posted an ERA of under three at 2.99 on the season.
“What drew me to Long Beach State was the culture of the program,” said Spaulding. “I know that the program is always competitive, and I want to be part of something that’s growing. The family atmosphere that Kim and Panita [Thanatharn] have created here was also a big seller once I was able to come and visit. I can’t wait to get going and help continue what’s been built here at the Beach.”
Spaulding will be responsible for overseeing pitching at Long Beach State, continuing a fine tradition that has seen the Beach produce the Big West Pitcher of the Year in nine seasons as well as four Big West Freshman Pitchers of the Year.
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