JESSICA HANASETH-RODGERS | Head Coach
Jessica Hanaseth-Rodgers will enter her 11th season as head coach of the Saint Mary's softball team in 2015. Hanaseth-Rodgers took over the position after being part of the program as an assistant coach and player for seven seasons.
Hanaseth-Rodgers has led the Gaels to seven 20-plus win seasons in her nine years and is already the all-time winningest softball coach in the 27-year history of Division I softball at Saint Mary's with 205 wins.
Saint Mary's had a strong 2014 campaign which included two wins over nationally-ranked California. Saint Mary's was in contention for the inaugural West Coast Conference title until the final weekend at eventual champion BYU. The Gaels finished 8-7 in WCC play and tied for third. Katie Moss was one of six Gaels to earn WCC All-Conference honorable mention and Moss was named WCC Co-Freshman of the Year.
Though the Gaels did not win the PCSC in 2013, it was arguably one of Hanaseth-Rodgers' best performances as a coach. A team with 12 freshmen, the Gaels won 20 games, defeated No. 15 Stanford 5-2 on the road and gave themselves a chance at a share of the conference title going into the final weekend of the season. She led senior catcher Megan Smith to a first team All-PCSC nod, and saw Brittany Sabatini get named to the second team for the second consecutive season.
Hanaseth-Rodgers led the Gaels to another successful season in 2012 when SMC earned their second Coastal Division Title in three years after going a program-best 15-4 in conference play. For her leadership, she was named the PCSC Coastal Division Coach of the Year for the second time in her career, while also guiding junior Jessica Lemmon to be named the PCSC Coastal Division Pitcher of the Year.
Hanaseth-Rodgers was also named the Coach of the Year in 2010 when she led the Gaels to the best season in program history. SMC went 30-23 overall in 2010 and earned the program's first bid to the NCAA Tournament after winning the first conference championship in school history. She led sophomore Britany Linton to be named PCSC Pitcher of the Year and senior Jenna Smith to be named the Co-Player of the Year in the Coastal Division.
Throughout Hanaseth-Rodgers' tenure at Saint Mary's, many of her student-athletes have received recognition by the PCSC. In total, the Gaels have received 49 total PCSC honors in Hanaseth-Rodgers eight years at the helm, including four individual honors. She also led Bronwyn Russell to be named the PCSC Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2007 and 2008, while the Gaels have accumulated 46 PCSC Commissioners Honor Roll accolades throughout the years as well.
Before being named the Saint Mary's softball head coach, Hanaseth-Rodgers served as an assistant coach for the Gaels for three years, with her duties varying in all aspects of the game. Hanaseth-Rodgers worked with infielders, outfielders and hitters in her three years as an assistant and was in charge of recruiting and community service. With her help, the Gaels participated in the Walk for Breast Cancer in Golden Gate Park and fed the homeless at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco.
Hanaseth-Rodgers, a 2001 graduate of SMC with a degree in Health Physical Education and Recreation with a teaching emphasis, finished her playing career second in RBI (84), third in doubles (19), and eighth with a .284 career batting average. Her senior year proved to be one of her best as she finished the campaign seventh in the SMC record books with a .979 fielding percentage and hits (56).
Hanaseth-Rodgers lives in Pleasant Hill, CA with her husband, Justin and sons Jack and Jesse.
DEVON BRIDGES | Assistant Coach
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RONI SPARREY | Assistant Coach
Roni Sparrey recently completed the second season of her second tour on the Gaels coaching staff in 2014.
She returned to the Gaels as an assistant in 2013 after spending the 2012 season as head coach at Dominican University.
In her first stint at Saint Mary's, Sparrey helped the Gaels to a 11-9 record in Pacific Coast Softball Conference play in 2011.
Prior to coaching at Saint Mary's, Sparrey spent four years at Cal State Northridge, three as an Assistant and one as the Associate Coach. In her first three seasons with CSUN she supervised the infield and the defense, as the Matador defense posted an average fielding percentage of .966 and finished among the top fielding teams in the Big West Conference and Division I. In her fourth season at Northridge as the Associate Coach, Sparrey led the team to a Big West Co-Championship.
Prior to joining the Northridge staff in 2007, Sparrey spent two seasons as Assistant Coach at her alma mater, Cal Poly. In her two seasons as an assistant with the Mustangs, Sparrey helped the Mustangs to a 35-16 record and a second place finish in the Big West in 2005 and a 27-23 mark and third place finish in 2006.
Sparrey had a successful four-year career at Cal Poly, hitting .298 with 203 hits in 682 at-bats. The 203 hits placed her first all-time on the Cal Poly career hits list.
During her sophomore season, Sparrey was given All-Big West Conference second team honors, followed up by honorable mention honors as a junior after recording a .203 average.
A successful senior campaign earned Sparrey first-team All-Big West and first-team All-West Region accolades. Sparrey led the club with a .373 average, three homeruns, and 26 runs batted in.
Sparrey, a native of Vallejo, Calif., graduated from Cal Poly in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in recreation administration.