Stephanie DeFeo takes over as Mercer Softball’s full-time co-head coach, as announced by head coach James DeFeo on July 1, 2013.
DeFeo comes to Macon by way of Purdue, where she was an assistant coach last year. Prior to her time with the Boilermakers, DeFeo worked for six years as an assistant and associate head coach at Ball State in the Mid-American Conference. Ball State was 204-145 during her time there, including three conference championships.
Before Ball State, she was a head coach for a brief period. For two years (2001-2002) she was the head coach of East Tennessee State and compiled an overall record of 39-67. Before that, she completed stints as an assistant at Texas-San Antonio (1998-99) and Buffalo (1999-2000). DeFeo began her coaching career as an assistant coach at Southeastern Louisiana in 1997.
DeFeo was a three-time All-American at Louisiana-Lafayette (1993-1997), while playing first base and designated player. She set school records at Louisiana-Lafayette for single-season home runs (15) as well as career home runs (43), slugging percentage (.676) and RBI (187). She earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Lafayette in '97 and is currently working on a master's degree through a distance program at East Carolina.
After completing her collegiate playing career, DeFeo played for the Orlando Wahoos in the Women's Professional Softball League in the summer of 1997 and played for the Durham Dragons in the summers of 1998 and 1999.