Stefanie Walsh is in her seventh year as the Cougars head coach.
She replaced long-time coach Don Bandy, who retired after 20 years of
providing dedicated service to the softball program.
Stefanie has had a long and successful history in softball herself.
A resident of Ceres, she began
playing summer ball at age nine in the Modesto area and continued through
her four years at Beyer High School.
She was an all-league second baseman on a section final team her
senior year in 1997. She played in the Kiwanis all-star game on the Merced
College campus and enrolled at Merced the following week.
After sitting out the 1998 season with a back injury, the result of
an automobile accident, she returned to the field for the 1999 and 2000
She played every inning
of every game at second base during those seasons.
She was instrumental in the success of a team that posted a record of
93-16, while winning consecutive CVC titles and making two final eight
appearances in the state playoffs.
Stefanie continued her academic and athletic career on scholarship at
New Mexico Highlands University, in Las Vegas New Mexico.
She received a Bachelor’s degree in Health and later a Master’s
degree in Exercise and Sport Sciences from NMHU.
Upon her return to California Stefanie began her teaching and
coaching career at her alma mater, Merced College.
As an assistant coach under Steve Cassady, also a 20 year veteran,
Stefanie was an infield and first base coach on teams that made the playoffs
both the years she coached, 2005 and 2006.
In August of 2006, Stefanie was named the head coach for Taft