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Former National Pro Fastpitch League All-Star and Texas A&M standout Sharonda McDonald begins her third season with Ohio softball during 2012.
McDonald coaches Ohio's outfielders while also working with hitting and speed training in addition to other responsibilities.
She has helped to mentor outfielder Jillian Van Wagnen as a slap-hitter and a dangerous threat on the bases. During the 2011 season, where the Bobcats captured the MAC East Title, Van Wagnen stole 22 bases in 24 attempts. Her steal total ranks ninth on the single-season list. Van Wagnen has stolen 39 bases in her first three seasons with Ohio and ranks seventh all-time in the category. She was a MAC All-Tournament selection after the Green & White advanced to the MAC Tournament Championship game in 2011.
It didn't take long for McDonald to make an impact with the `Cats. During her first season in Athens, she helped Ohio's offense churn out the 10th best average and RBI total in program history, while also setting the program's single-season record for homers with 33. In addition, she helped mentor three players that garnered All-MAC honors and another that was named to the All-MAC Freshman team.
Before coming to Athens, McDonald spent one season as assistant coach at Texas Southern University, where she served as the Tigers' hitting, slapping and outfield coach and assisted with recruiting efforts. Under her supervision, a pair of Tigers enjoyed solid seasons. Tenesha Skrine hit a team-high .317, while Latrece Shello swiped 17 bases to tie for sixth in the SWAC. McDonald also helped the Tigers more than double their stolen-base output from the season before. She has recently been playing professionally in Italy with the Fiorini Softball Club.
Prior to joining TSU, McDonald played two years for the Philadelphia Force of the National Pro Fastpitch League (NPF). In 2007, she garnered All-NPF honors after ranking fourth in the league in hitting at .331 and leading the Force in stolen bases with 13. She followed that up by hitting .299 and swiping a team-best 16 bases in 2008.
A standout outfielder during her playing days for national power Texas A&M, McDonald played for the Aggies from 2004-07. In that time, she garnered all-region honors three times and All-Big 12 honors four times. She holds Aggie single-season records for runs scored (60) and stolen bases (48) and also ranks as the program's all-time leader in both categories. Her 48 steals in 2005 led the nation and helped earn her the 2005 NCAA Division I Softball Golden Shoe Award given to the nation's top baserunner. McDonald holds A&M's sixth-best career average at .338 and is second all-time in hits with 249. She also boasts the Aggies' top three single-season stolen base marks. After concluding her college career, McDonald worked for a year with Texas A&M's strength and conditioning program, working with women's basketball, volleyball and softball.
A native of Houston, Texas, McDonald received a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from Texas A&M in 2008.