Maxine Rodriguez Named Softball Assistant

Former Mercer standout Maxine Rodriguez has joined the GW coaching staff. (Photo courtesy Christopher Ian Smith/Mercer Athletics)
Aug. 8, 2017

WASHINGTON - Maxine Rodriguez has been added to the George Washington softball coaching staff, head coach James DeFeo announced Tuesday.

"Max will bring very high-level pitching experience to our staff, which will immediately raise the level of competitiveness and precision in that area of our roster," DeFeo said. "She will have a full staff to work with and develop, which will be very exciting to see."

Rodriguez recently wrapped up her collegiate career at Mercer, where she made an impact on the mound and at the plate. The Lakewood, Calif., native posted a 3-8 record with a 5.33 ERA in 82 2/3 innings last spring and also ranked fourth among Bears with 21 runs batted in.

As a junior, Rodriguez started every game, leading the team in ERA (3.80) and putouts (244). The pitcher/first baseman was named to the Academic All-Southern Conference team both years before graduating in May with a communications studies degree.

Rodriguez transferred to Mercer after playing 44 games over two seasons at DePaul. Before that, she starred at Saint Joseph High School, earning all-league honors four times.

At Mercer, Rodriguez laid the groundwork for a move into coaching. She served as a coordinator and instructor at the program's summer camp. She's also worked as a private pitching tutor since 2013.

"I am excited and honored to join the GW coaching staff," Rodriguez said. "I am inspired with the success and improvement Coach DeFeo and Coach (Hallie) Blackney have brought to the program. I look forward to working with them and continuing to build a championship program. I would like to thank them and the GW Administration for giving me this opportunity."



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