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Softball, Baseball add Assistants for 2017-18 season


Thompson-Andrade new assistant coach for Herd softball

Nichole Thompson-Andrade (middle) on Washington Glory NPF

Nichole Thompson-Andrade (middle), shown as a member of the Washington Glory in the NPF softball professional league, will join Marshall this year as an assistant coach to new head coach Jennifer Steele. (courtesy Washington Glory NFP/USA Softball)

HUNTINGTON — New Marshall softball head coach Jennifer Steele is pleased to announce the hiring of Nichole Thompson-Andrade as assistant coach. Thompson-Andrade has spent the past six years as the head coach of the Vienna Stars travel softball team and three years as an assistant coach at James Madison High School in Vienna, Va. She has been instrumental in helping players get placed into colleges around the country, including the SEC, ACC and Big 10 conferences. Her Vienna Stars team had an overall record of 203-63-12. JMHS finished 61-15 during her tenure and were conference champions and runners-up in the state finals.

“I am extremely excited and honored for the opportunity to work at Marshall and help continue to build this great softball program with Coach Steele,” Thompson-Andrade said. “Coach Steele has a great amount of knowledge and passion for the game and knows how to develop student-athletes. I look forward to learning under her tutelage as we have a similar competitive drive.” Due to Thompson-Andrade’s current coaching duties, she will officially start with the Herd on Aug. 16.

During her playing days Nichole Thompson-Andrade starred for Arizona State from 1999-2002. She was a three-time All-PAC 10 performer, two-time All-Pacific Region honoree, two-time scholar athlete and a NFCA All-American in 2002. Andrade played in the Women’s College World Series in 1999 and 2002. The Sun Devils won over 40 games three times during her days in Tempe, Ariz. She currently ranks seventh all-time with 253 career hits and tied for 14th with a .333 batting average.

“I’ve known Nikki for years and I am excited to be able to finally work alongside her,” coach Steele said. “Building this coaching staff has been my top priority, and for her to head to Huntington with me solidifies one big piece of the puzzle. It has been so important for me to surround myself with not only quality coaches, but quality people, and Nikki gives me just that.”

Thompson-Andrade has extensive playing experience past college softball as well. She played for the USA Blue Team in 2001 and USA Elite in 2003. She suited up in the National Pro Fastpitch League for five seasons with the Washington Glory, Arizona Heat and the New England Riptide at second base. She was an All-NPF performer in 2007 as the Glory won the Championship. When she finished her career, Thompson-Andrade ranked in the top 10 all-time in career doubles, batting average and on base percentage.

“She has an impressive background and has played the game at the highest level,” Steele said. “She is a great skill developer and respected for her ability to develop a strong offensive attack. More than anything, I love her blue collared approach to teaching the game and our athletes will benefit from her years of experience.” Thompson-Andrade also had successful coaching stints at Corona Del Mar High School and Mission Viejo High School, both in California.


Joe Renner, Mt. St. Joe U

Joe Renner returns to Marshall after four seasons as head coach of baseball at Mount St. Joseph University. He was previously at Marshall from 2010-13. (courtesy MSJU Athletics)

Renner Returns to Marshall Baseball

HUNTINGTON — Marshall head baseball coach Jeff Waggoner announced Friday that Joe Renner will return as the program’s pitching coach/recruiting coordinator. Renner held the same position with the Thundering Herd for four seasons (2010-2013).

Renner comes back to Huntington after four years as Mount St. Joseph University’s pitching coach, which was his second stint with that program as well (2008-09). The Lions steadily improved while Renner was on staff, posting a winning record last season (24-20) en route to a runner-up finish in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Tournament.

“My wife Julie and I are really excited to rejoin Marshall Baseball and to be coaching once again in Conference USA, one of the nation’s best baseball leagues,” said Renner. “I want to thank Coach Waggoner for bringing me back to a fine staff and I can’t wait to get started.”

During his first stint with Marshall, Renner helped built two top-50 recruiting classes, and recruited and developed pitcher Aaron Blair, who went on to become a supplemental, first round major league draft pick (the highest draft pick in Marshall history). Renner was also instrumental in aiding 2017 AAA All-Star Kevin Shackelford’s transition from catcher to pitcher during his first season. In November of 2012, Renner was promoted to Associate Head Coach at Marshall.

“I’m very excited to have Joe back because we have a great working relationship,” said Waggoner. “When he was on staff previously, our pitching staff was the best it had ever been. Joe has a passion for teaching and developing student-athletes and I know our guys will be excited to work him.”

Renner’s coaching experience also includes two years at NCAA Division I Miami University, two years at NKU, and eight years in the Midland baseball summer program where he helped lead teams to three national championships. He also spent numerous years at the Champions Baseball Academy as a pitching instructor.

Renner is 2000 graduate of Northern Kentucky University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology. He also played NCAA Division II baseball for the Norse four seasons and two seasons in the Great Lakes Summer League.

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