Jen Steele

The future is bright for Blue Hens Softball as Jen Steele has been named as the new University of Delaware softball head coach.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Jen to the Blue Hens family. Her values are strongly aligned with UD, and she brings notable accomplishments as a head coach along with the proven ability to build successful programs. Her energy, excitement for the sport, and commitment to recruiting great student-athletes make her a perfect fit to lead the softball program here at Delaware,” said Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Services Chrissi Rawak.

Steele spent the previous year as the head coach at Marshall, where she led the Thundering Herd to a third place finish in the east division of Conference USA with a 13-9-1 league mark. Taylor McCord and Aly Harrell were each NFCA Mideast All-Region selections after earning first team All-Conference honors, while Harrell was named Conference USA Freshman of the Year.

Prior to Marshall, Steele led Jacksonville from 2015 through 2017, making an eight-win improvement while leading the Dolphins to an appearance in the Atlantic Sun Tournament during her first season. During her final year in Jacksonville, the Dolphins won 30 games and finished ninth in the country with 113 stolen bases. During her Jacksonville tenure, 10 players were named All-Conference and five received ASUN All-Academic honors.

“I am extremely honored to be named the new softball coach at Delaware and I’d like to thank Athletic Director Chrissi Rawak, as well as Senior Associate Athletics Director Jenn Judy and sport supervisor Bob Lopez, for entrusting me to lead the Blue Hens Softball program,” shared Steele. “It became clear very quickly that the University of Delaware is a special place, and there is a lot of positive momentum right now. There is a fresh, exciting energy throughout the entire department, and the vision set forth by the administration is one that aligns with my core values. The recent focus on the student-athlete experience is something that makes UD stand out, and I can’t wait to showcase it to recruits and their families.”

Steele went on to thank the former coaching staff for their investment and time spent leading the program while expressing her excitement to meet the team and to begin building the foundation that will enable the program to compete at the top of the CAA. She is excited with the move to Delaware, sharing that “The administration has shown their commitment to winning championships and we will start focusing on that from this day forward.”