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Stephanie Bagwell
Stephanie Bagwell comes to Appalachian as an assistant softball coach from Stony Brook University.
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Appalachian State Hires Bagwell as Assistant Softball Coach

In her first coaching staff hire since taking over the job, App State Softball head coach Whitney Jones announced on Tuesday the addition of Stephanie Bagwell as an assistant coach.

“We are excited to announce Stephanie as our new assistant coach and welcome her to the Mountaineer family,” Jones said. “Coach Bagwell embodies the values of our university, athletic department and softball program. Her passion for people, commitment to developing young women and versatility on and off the field will be a major asset to our program.”

“Stephanie is no stranger to the South, having been at Francis Marion for five years prior to Stony Brook. Her connections to this region will be extremely valuable in the recruiting space. She is a winner and has found success at every stop in her coaching career. Her vision of excellence and vision for what we can do at App State couldn’t be in stronger alignment. I am excited to begin this new era with Stephanie and hit the ground running.”

Bagwell comes to Boone after spending the past year at Stony Brook University in New York as an assistant, coaching alongside Megan T. Bryant. The Sea Wolves posted a 35-17 record in 2024, highlighted by a 19-8 CAA record that served as the most conference wins for Stony Brook this century. Additionally, the Sea Wolves’ 35 wins were the program’s most since 2013.

“I am grateful for the opportunity Coach Whit has given me to join the App State Softball program,” Bagwell said. “App State provides every resource and undeniable investment needed for the program to be competitive. Through my conversations with Coach Whit and stepping on campus, I know there’s something special happening in Boone. It’s an incredible time to join the program, and I am excited to get going.”

Working primarily with hitters and outfielders, Bagwell helped lead Stony Brook to the third-best batting average in the CAA last season and the most home runs in the league. Her work with Kyra McFarland helped land McFarland the league’s batting title and a first-team All-CAA selection. Overall, the Sea Wolves had two players post top-10 batting averages this past season in McFarland and Catherine Kupinksi.

Before Stony Brook, Bagwell spent five seasons in Florence, S.C., as an assistant at Francis Marion University, where she was a part of 141 wins with the Patriots. She helped lead FMU to the 2023 Conference Carolinas Tournament championship in 2023 and the program’s fourth-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.

As a player, Bagwell competed at Lyon College, Sacramento City College and Saint Leo University. She helped Saint Leo capture its first-ever Sunshine State Conference title and NCAA Division II Tournament bid in 2013, before receiving All-Big 8 Conference honorable mention with Sacramento City in 2014. She spent her final two seasons at Lyon College, where she hit .329, garnered American Midwest Conference second-team honors and guided the team to a program-record 30 wins her senior year.

She got her start in coaching as a graduate assistant at Northwest Missouri State, where she helped guide the Bearcats to 56 wins over her two seasons. Under her tutelage, the Bearcats saw 12 players earn all-conference honors and set a program record for batting average in 2018.

Outside of college athletics, Bagwell has worked with both USA Softball and Major League Baseball. With USA Softball, Bagwell assisted in facility management, game day operations and coordinating USA Softball Olympic Tournaments. With MLB, she helped initiate events enabling youth development through baseball and softball, including the MLB Breakthrough Series.

From Fairfield, Calif., Bagwell is a member of the NFCA’s Hall of Fame Committee, and she earned her M.S. in applied health/sport science from Northwest Missouri State in 2018. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Lyon College in 2016.

{Information provided by Appalachian State Athletics}