Emily McDonough '16 left her mark on the St. Bonaventure softball program during her time with the Bonnies as a player. Now, she will have the opportunity to lead her own program.
McDonough was named the head softball coach at Southern Vermont College on Wednesday, an NCAA Division III school in Bennington, Vt.
She takes her first head coaching job just two years after graduating from St. Bonaventure where she set the Bonnies all-time record for career hits with 213 from 2013-16. She finished her playing career by taking the Bonnies' all-time single season hits record as well with 66 while ranking second in the Atlantic 10 with a .429 batting average, a total that also stands second in program history behind only fellow Class of 2016 product Kelli Rohan (.441). By taking the Bona single season hits record, she broke a mark that had stood since 1999.
A fixture in the lineup during her Bonnies career, she was a four-year starter at shortstop and she also compiled a .942 fielding percentage as a senior. Her 96 career stolen bases also rank second in program history. She ranks third in career batting average as well at .382. She earned All-Atlantic 10 honors following her senior season and was also on the A-10 All-Academic Team.
After graduating as a Dean's List student in the classroom with a degree in Sport Science with a concentration on Social Foundations of Sports, she began her coaching career with a graduate assistant position at Frostburg State. She was the top assistant with the Bobcats, helping the team to a 46-31 record over the last two seasons.
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