NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 24, 2019) – National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) announced today the addition of Sharonda McDonald in the capacity of Player Liaison to the league.
McDonald’s primary task will be to serve as an effective link between players and front offices, including the league office, and the Commissioner. She will work closely with Player’s Council representatives for each team to help ensure the best player and team experience.
McDonald brings with her a broad swath of experience as both a player and a coach in the league, and also the experience and leadership in coaching collegiately in the roles of Assistant, Associate, and her current role as Head Coach at Campbell University.
“I am excited to team up with the NPF in the role of Player Liaison,” said McDonald. “Having played and coached in the league, I know how special this elite group of athletes and organization is, and as the league continues to grow and flourish, I believe this position will be vital. I am humbled to serve in the capacity that gives a voice to these amazing athletes.”
McDonald began her six year NPF career with the Philadelphia Force where she played for two seasons in 2007 and 2008. After a season off, she began a three year stint with the Akron Racers that lasted from 2010 through 2012. In 2014, the USSSA Pride signed McDonald as a free agent for her final season as a player. She skippered the Chicago Bandits as their Head Coach in 2017.
During her career in the NPF, McDonald was a three-time All NPF Selection (2007, 2008, 2012), won the Golden Spikes Award in 2012 for the most stolen bases in that season, and was a Cowles Cup Champion with the Pride in 2014.
“One thing that is paramount to the league is to have an effective level of conversation and communication between our players and front offices, including the league office,” commented NPF Commissioner, Cheri Kempf. “Sharonda is a person who brings a ton of positives to this position, attributes we feel will allow her to be highly effective. Having been where the players are now, and also having a feel and knowledge for what goes on behind the scenes, is the essence of what we believe will make Sharonda an asset to our players and to the league, moving forward.”
McDonald’s coaching experience began in 2009 as an Assistant Coach at Texas Southern University. That was followed by an Assistant Coaching stint at Ohio University from 2010-2012 before becoming a Volunteer Coach at LSU for the two seasons of 2013 and 2014. McDonald was the Associate Head Coach at Texas Tech University for 2015, before spending 2016 and 2017 as an Assistant at the University of Florida. She spent a season as an Assistant at Ohio State University before going to Campbell as its Head Coach in 2019.
As a player at Texas A&M (2004-2007), McDonald was a four time All Big 12 selection, three time NFCA All Region selection, and the 2005 NCAA Golden Shoe Award Winner. Along the way she broke the NCAA record for consecutive stolen bases (73), played in four NCAA Regionals, two Super Regionals, and the 2007 Women’s College World Series. McDonald still holds the Aggies career records for Runs and Stolen Bases.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF)
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Aussie Peppers of Minnesota, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets, and USSSA Pride. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada, China, and Mexico, and represent the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.