With a time-sensitive need to fill out their coaching staff following the sudden departure of John Rittman, himself newly hired, the Florida Gators have announced Sharonda McDonald as the newest member of Tim Walton's staff.
McDonald, a 2008 graduate of Texas A&M who spent six seasons playing in National Pro Fastpitch, makes Florida the fifth stop in her coaching career; beginning in 2009, she has served in various assistant positions at Texas State; Ohio; LSU; and Texas Tech. She served as Associate Head Coach at Texas Tech in 2015.
Three times named all-league while in the NPF, McDonald played for the Philadelphia Force; Akron Racers; and USSSA Pride from 2007-2008 and 2010-2014. She spent the 2009 summer season playing professionally in Italy.
She holds the A&M program's all-time offensive record in multiple categories, including runs scored and stolen bases. She was named all-Big 12 all four seasons of her career.
McDonald technically replaces Rittman, who elected not to join the Gators' staff less than a month after being hired to assume the position. The 3rd member of the 2015 national championship-winning staff was Kenny Gajewski, whose departure to become head coach at Oklahoma State created the vacancy.