James DeFeo
James  DeFeo

Head Coach


Softball Trio Earns NFCA All-Region Honors

Jenna Cone, Alessandra Ponce and Priscilla Martinez were recognized Thursday


In the Swing

GW softball has put in the work to hone a record-breaking offense


Softball Matches Mark for A-10 Postseason Honors

Six different Colonials were recognized by the conference Tuesday


Softball Sweeps Howard in Home Opener

Colonials picked up a pair of shutout wins via run rule Wednesday



Experienced ace Costlow hopes to close GW softball career in style

James DeFeo is set to enter his third season as GW softball head coach in 2019.

In 2018, the Colonials posted 33 wins in their second spring under DeFeo, five more than the previous program best set the previous season. They set another program best with 13 straight wins in March and recorded their first winning conference season since 2013 to earn a spot in the A-10 Championship.

GW built its success this spring on a nationally ranked offense that rewrote the program record book by setting new highs in batting average (.328), on-base percentage (.394), slugging percentage (.493), hits (493), runs (331), home runs (42), total bases (741), steals (108) and more. The Colonials averaged 6.13 runs per game, which ranked among the top 15 teams in the country.

Thanks to that impressive production, GW equaled a program record with its six A-10 postseason honorees, including All-Conference Second Team picks Jenna Cone, Elena Shelepak, Sidney Bloomfield, Morgan Rinehart and Alessandra Ponce. Cone, Ponce and Priscilla Martinez also garnered NFCA All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors.

In his first season at the helm, DeFeo coached GW to a then-record 28 victories, including 11 in A-10 play. 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 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 arrived at GW in August 2016 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.

Career Coaching Record: 208-179 (8 seasons) At GW: 61-45 (2 seasons)

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