Mark Feller named new head softball coach
July 9, 2013
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and head Athletic Director Deanna Bradley has selected Mark Feller as the new head softball coach. Feller will serve as SMWC’s fourth head coach since the program’s inception in 1995. He will replace Gary Rogers who spent seven seasons with the Pomeroys.
Feller, a native of Lafayette, Ind., comes to SMWC after serving the past five seasons as the assistant varsity softball coach at West Lafayette High School. Feller has also been actively involved in the National Softball Association (NSA). He currently is the Indiana Assistant State Director with the U-16 and U-18 age groups as well as the State Director with the U-10 through U-14 age groups for southern Indiana.
Feller has been coaching youth softball since 2001, but brings plenty of experience in his first time coaching at the college level. “I would have to look back on the past 12 years as a travel coach, high school coach, and current Assistant NSA State Director and know that all of the challenges, hurdles and heartaches have paved this path as the new SMWC coach,” said Feller.
In addition to garnering the NSA Tournament Director Award in 2005 and 2011, Feller has coached three youth state championship teams and one World Series runner-up team. He has even found himself behind the plate as an NSA umpire the past three years.
“I couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity,” exclaimed Feller. “Taking the helm for the first time in college, I feel much more comfortable in this setting. I will strive to continue the success that SMWC has shown in the past build upon the foundation that Coach Gary Rodgers has put in place.”
Athletic Director Deanna Bradley also believes Feller will continue to bring success in the coaching ranks at SMWC. “Mark brings a plethora of developmental knowledge, experience and networking resources to continue the growth in recruitment and foundational success our softball programs is accustomed to,” said Bradley. “He has a clear understanding of the critical relational aspects to coaching young women and we are blessed to have him as part of our already remarkable staff.”
Feller has been married for 25 years and has two adult children. He currently resides in Lafayette.