After two seasons at Florida, Sharonda McDonald has joined the coaching staff at Ohio State.
McDonald, a former Texas A&M Aggie, joins the Buckeyes after spending two years in Gainesville, during which the Gators earned back-to-back #1 seeds in the NCAA tournament, including advancing to the Women’s College World Series championship series this past season.
In addition to her time in Gainesville, McDonald’s coaching resume includes stints at Texas Southern, Ohio University, LSU, and Texas Tech in positions ranging from volunteer assistant (LSU) to assistant coach (Ohio and Texas Southern) to associate head coach (Texas Tech). She was a finalist for the head coaching position at Indiana this offseason that ultimately went to former Marshall head coach Shonda Stanton.
An accomplished player, McDonald four times earned all-Big 12 honors while at Texas A&M and was three time named an all-region honoree. She continues to hold multiple program single-season and career records, including in the category of stolen bases in both.
A professional veteran, having spent a half-dozen years playing in the NPF, McDonald currently serves as head coach of the league’s Chicago Bandits.
At Ohio State, she joins a program that went 35-18 in 2017 and collected a conference record of 15-8. The Buckeyes finished third in the Big Ten conference standings and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.