GW Softball Adds Sperl, Fuller to Coaching Staff
New Additions Look to Improve Softball Program
Jan. 18, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC - Head coach Stacey Schramm is excited to announce the addition of Dan Sperl and Liza Fuller as the newest members of her George Washington University softball coaching staff for the 2011 season.
"After my initial conversation with Dan about the assistant position, I knew he was the person for the job," said Schramm. "He fits the GW mold. He's passionate and ambitious and will be a huge help in recruiting, camps, clinics and fundraising."
Sperl, a native of Center Strafford, NH, comes to the Colonials after serving four years as an assistant coach for the Division II Western Washington University Vikings before a brief stop at Division I Jacksonville University. Sperl was the recruiting coordinator for WWU and worked with the Vikings' defense, which saw the squad improve its fielding-percentage and cut down errors committed.
In the four seasons Sperl spent a member of the Vikings' staff, he was also worked hard on increasing fundraising efforts for the Western Washington softball program, which helped fund upgrading team facilities, uniforms and equipment.
Sperl graduated from the Miami (OH) University in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in marketing.
Fuller was a four-year pitcher for the Drexel Dragons from 2002-05, including her final season under the tutelage of Schramm. While at Drexel, Fuller led the team in batting average, triples and runs batted in during the 2005 season as a co-captain. She was also named to the Colonial Athletic Association All-Tournament team in 2005. Fuller is second all-time at Drexel in career strikeouts with 369 in 549.1 innings pitched in 98 appearances. She also recorded a no-hitter against Manhattan on March 25, 2003.
"I am excited to work with Liza again," said Schramm. "She is passionate about the game and will make an immediate impact with our pitching staff. We have two very different coaching styles, but I think the players will appreciate a well-rounded coaching staff."
After Fuller graduated from Drexel in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, she traveled to Germany to help the Hamburg Knights win the German National Championship in the fall of 2005. She also earned a master's degree in business administration from Wheeling Jesuit University, where she was a graduate assistant coach under Schramm.
Fuller currently works as a business advisor for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency program offices in Washington, DC.
The 2011 softball season kicks off when the Colonials travel to Norfolk, VA, to take part in the Norfolk State Classic, Feb. 26-27. GW's home opener is set for March 5 in a doubleheader against Army at 12:00 p.m.