JoAnne Ferguson is in her second season as head softball coach at The George Washington University. In 2005, GW's third year of the program and Ferguson's first at the helm, she led the Colonials to a program-best 10 victories, their first Atlantic 10 Conference win and a season-high five conference victories overall as GW finished sixth in the nine-team league. Ferguson's athletes also excelled in the classroom as five individuals earned National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Academic Scholar-Athlete accolades and one athlete was named to the A-10 Academic All-Conference team.
Prior to GW, Ferguson served as the head softball coach at Kenyon College, a Division III school in Gambier, Ohio, from 2000-04. During her tenure at Kenyon, the team posted a 59-73-1 record, including a 17-15 mark in 2004, the squad's first winning season. The 2004 campaign also marked the second time in the program's previous three years that it qualified for the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament. For her efforts, Ferguson was named the 2004 North Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. In 2000, she guided the team to a single-season record 18 victories. Ferguson coached 17 all-conference performers, six all-region selections, four All-NCAC Tournament selections and one league newcomer of the year at Kenyon.
A native of Clarksburg, MD, Ferguson began her coaching career as an assistant at the University of Virginia from 1997-2000, while earning her master's degree in sports psychology. During that time she helped lead the Cavaliers to appearances in three consecutive ACC championship games.
In the off-season, Ferguson spends her time working at several coaching clinics. She has worked as an instructor at the Ohio State Softball Camp each year since 2001 and the University of Virginia Softball Camp each season since 1997. In 2001-02, she served as the director of the Kenyon College Winter Fastpitch Softball Clinic.
In 2003, Ferguson served as the president of the North Coast Athletic Conference Softball Coaches. Prior to her appointment, she was the group's vice president in 2002-03. Ferguson is also an active member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) and the Women's Sports Foundation.
As a player, Ferguson was a switch-hitting catcher and first baseman for Shippensburg University from 1992-1996. The Raiders posted a combined record of 103-67-1 during her four years on the squad. Ferguson finished her career with a .275 batting average and was an All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) performer. She was also the team's captain during her senior campaign. Ferguson graduated from the school in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in coaching.
Ferguson currently resides in Clarksburg, MD.
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