Feb. 11, 2013
Anne Arundel Community College has announced Renee Ferguson as the new coach for the Pioneers Women’s Softball Team.
Starting her softball career at age 5, Ferguson began playing in rec leagues under the direction of her father, Jim Rhinehart. She continued softball recreationally until her high school years when she simultaneously played for the Anne Arundel County Blazers and her high school, North County. She was three-year varsity starter for North County, and upon graduation, she attended Tusculum College in Greenville, Tenn. (1996 – 1998) on a full softball scholarship.
After moving back to the area, Ferguson taught at local pitching clinics and held assistant coaching positions at both AACC and Morgan State University. In her pitching clinics, she specialized in seven classic pitches: fastball, change up, drop ball, rise, curve ball, screw ball and the drop curve. Watching her daughter’s first year of softball in a rec league, she decided to take up coaching her daughter’s team as a way to share her talent and help guide young women into a softball career.
She is looking forward to her first season as a head coach at the National Junior College Athletic Association level.
“The AACC Women’s Softball team has an established reputation of being one of the best NJCAA Division III softball programs in the nation,” she said. “It is my desire to continue building this legacy by instilling the love and passion I have for the game into our student athletes, while using lessons learned on the field as teaching tools for life.”
AACC offers an extensive program of intercollegiate athletics for both men and women, including baseball, basketball, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball and volleyball. For information about AACC’s program, call 410-777-2300 or visit the website, www.aacc.edu/athletics.