James DeFeo
James  DeFeo

Head Coach


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George Washington Director of Athletics and Recreation Patrick Nero named James DeFeo head coach of GW's softball program in August 2016.

In his first season at the helm, DeFeo coached GW to a program-record 28 victories and the most Atlantic 10 victories (11) since 2013. Under DeFeo in 2017, the Colonials set program records for hits (426), batting average (.302), RBI (243), extra-base hits (125), total bases (626), slugging percentage (.444), fewest strikeouts (201) and best fielding percentage (.964).

DeFeo coached five different Colonials to A-10 All-Conference Honors, including 2017 Rookie of the Year Jenna Cone. In total, DeFeo coached one First Team member, three Second Team members and three All-Rookie members in his maiden season.

DeFeo came to GW after serving as head coach at Mercer for six seasons, where he posted a 147-134 record. DeFeo led the Bears to back-to-back conference championship game appearances in 2014 and 2015 - marking the first such accomplishment in program history. DeFeo helped the Bears transition into the Southern Conference in 2015 from the Atlantic Sun Conference. In 2016, DeFeo led Mercer to the Southern Conference Tournament semifinals.

During his tenure at Mercer, DeFeo coached an NFCA Academic All-American, the 2015 Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year, a 2015 Capital One All-District player, 18 All-Conference players and three NFCA All-Region selections.

While at Mercer, DeFeo set new team program bests for regular-season victories, conference wins, hits, runs, home runs, batting average and on-base percentage among others. DeFeo also led the Bears to back-to-back 37-win seasons for the first time in program history.

Prior to his stint at Mercer, DeFeo served as associate head coach at Louisiana State University from 2004-2011. DeFeo helped LSU finish third at the 2001 and 2004 NCAA Women's College World Series while being named a member of the NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year in 2001. DeFeo brings a wealth of national success to GW, reaching NCAA Regionals 10 times and claiming regional championships on four occasions.

GW's squad qualified for the A-10 Championship as the sixth seed in 2016 and is set to return 12 letterwinners and welcome seven freshmen for 2016-17. DeFeo will serve as the sixth head coach in program history.

Career Coaching Record: 175-158 (6 seasons) At GW: 28-24 (1 season)