SVC names new softball coach
McDonough takes the reigns of the SVC program after being a graduate assistant coach at Frostburg State University in Maryland for the past two years. She is fresh off graduating with her Master of Education in School Counseling degree from FSU in May.
"We are so excited to welcome Emily to the SVC family," Gowan said. "Her experience as a player and a coach will be an asset to our department and community. Throughout the interview process, Emily separated herself with her vision to build Southern Vermont into a competitive program dedicated to developing student-athletes on, and off, the field."
While at Frostburg State, McDonough was the top assistant to Head Coach Wes Landrum and helped the Bobcats go 46-31 (.597) over the last two seasons; FSU made it to the Capital Athletic Conference postseason tournament in each of those years with a pair of wins in 2017 seeing the squad get eliminated right before the championship round. McDonough was active in recruiting for the Bobcats and, as the primary infield coach, led the team to a .973 fielding percentage in 2017—a mark which ranked 11th in NCAA Division III.
"I want to thank [SVC] President [David] Evans, Interim Athletic Director Christin Gowan, and the search committee for giving me this chance," McDonough said. "I am humbled by the opportunity and look forward to making an impact on the SVC softball program."
McDonough ventured south to Frostburg State after obtaining her undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Science in Sports Science with a concentration on Social Foundations of Sports, from St. Bonaventure University in May 2016. While there, she was a four-year starting shortstop for the Bonnies' Division I program and finished her career as one of the most accomplished players in team history.
"I plan to find and develop student-athletes with a passion for softball," McDonough continued. "I look forward to building this program and becoming a contender in the New England Collegiate Conference."
The Marlboro, N.Y. native registered a slew of top-10 single season marks while at St. Bonaventure to graduate highly in many of the Bonnies' career statistical categories. McDonough broke the program's all-time hits record by 35 to become the only player in team history to surpass the 200-hit mark—finishing with 213; she also turned in the most runs scored (108), the third-best batting average (.382), the second-most stolen bases (96), the fifth-most triples (6), and the ninth-most walks (49).
In 2016, McDonough worked her way to the All-Atlantic 10 Conference Second Team as well as the league's Academic All-Conference Team. She also picked up a spot on the A10 Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2016.
"I want to thank Wes Landrum, Scott Syska, and Mike Threehouse for being influential in my career path thus far," McDonough added. "I am excited to be a Mountaineer and look forward to working with, and getting to know, the team."
McDonough is a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association as well as the American School Counseling Association. She has spent time away from the diamond by volunteering with Special Olympics, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and the STEM Project.
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