Penny Siqueiros, former coach and player at Florida State, was appointed the first Emory University head softball coach in the summer of 1998. In 14 seasons at Emory, Siqueiros has amassed a career record of 445-142-1 with three softball World Series appearances, three NCAA regional championships, ten NCAA tournament berths and six conference titles.
Following the 2012 season, she ranks among the top 10 active NCAA Division III coaches for best career winning percentage (.757). Siqueiros has directed the Eagles to ten seasons of 30 or more wins and two of 40 or more triumphs.
She has been honored as the NCAA Division III regional Coaching
Staff of the Year by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association in
2002, 2006 and 2007. She and her assistants have been
honored six times as the conference Coaching Staff of the
Siqueiros has mentored eight different players to a total of nine All-America berths, the most recent being the trio of Jessica Thomas (2nd team), Megan Light (2nd team) and Bridget Holloway (3rd team) in 2011.
The Eagles recorded the program's 13th consecutive winning campaign in 2012, finishing with a 34-5 slate. Emory concluded the regular season portion of the schedule as the No. 1-ranked squad in the Division III ranks. Included in the team's victory total was a perfect 18-0 ledger at home. Emory earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament where it was sent to play in the Newport News, VA, Regional hosted by Christopher Newport. The Eagles brought home their third straight UAA title with a 6-2 record, outscoring the opposition by a 56-17 margin. Other noteworthy tidbits from 2012 included the squad leading the league and ranking ninth nationally in hitting with a .351 average. The squad also blasted 27 home runs, the second-highest seasonal mark in school history, while also crafting a conference-best ERA of 1.43.
Emory recorded the school's 12th consecutive winning season in 2011, manufacturing an overall record of 41-4-1 which represented the second-highest win total in school history. Emory ended the year as the No. 1-ranked team in the Atlantic Region and held down the No. 11 position in the final NFCA Top 25 Poll. After a one-year hiatus, the Eagles earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament where it played in the Salisbury Regional. The Eagles established a school record for most regular-season wins with 40 and also registered a school record with a 26-game winning streak. Other impressive accomplishments turned in by the 2011 Eagles included: capturing its second straight and fifth UAA Championship in the 13-year history of the program, outscoring the eight opponents by an 84-5 margin, tying the school record and ranking 11th nationally in hitting (.362), establishing a school record in both home runs (36) and RBIs (285).
In 2010, Emory finished with an overall record of 25-16, the 11th straight effort of 20 or more wins by the program. Other notable accomplishments that the 2010 club claimed was winning the UAA Championship, leading the UAA and ranking 16th nationally in hitting with a .348 mark, the second-highest effort in school history, ranking fifth nationally in fielding percentage (.972) and 58th in slugging percentage (.464).
In 2009, the Eagles manufactured a final won-lost mark of 32-12 and were slotted as the No. 27 team in the nation in the final NFCA Poll. Emory nailed down its fourth consecutive and eighth NCAA Tournament bid when they were awarded an at-large entry and drew the No. 3 seed in the Salisbury Regional. In the team statistical department, Emory ended 2009 ranked prominently on the national scene in hitting (32nd, .334), ERA (17th, 1.38), 31st in slugging percentage (.479) and 33rd in fielding percentage (.965). The team did establish a school mark with 25 home runs which surpassed the previous standard of 21 set by the 2007 squad.
In 2008, Emory compiled a final mark of 29-12 and were ranked 27th nationally in the NFCA Poll. The Eagles secured their third consecutive and seventh NCAA Tournament bid when they were selected as an at-large entry. Helping the Eagles land the post-season spot was a strong second half of the year that saw them capture 16 of their final 20 regular-season contests. Emory ended the campaing ranked nationally in a number of statistical categories including batting average (t-14th, .346), ERA (15th, 1.49), fielding percentage (7th, .973), and stolen bases per game (12th, 2.20).
In 2007, the Eagles rolled to an overall record of 33-8, the seventh straight season of 30 or more victories. Along the way, Emory posted an 18-game win streak, the second-longest in school history, while posting a No. 7 final national ranking, the program's highest finish since 2003. After earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, Emory rattled off four straight wins in regional action that propelled it into the NCAA Championships for the third time in her tenure as head coach.
In 2006, the squad earned the program's fifth bid to the NCAA Tournament in six seasons and closed out the year with an overall record of 36-11, the sixth consecutive campaign of 30 or more wins.
In 2004, the team earned its fourth consecutive berth in the NCAA national tournament despite graduating an All-American and two all-region players.
In 2003, the team was ranked No. 1 in the nation for four weeks before finishing fourth at the Division III World Series and fourth in the final NFCA poll. Emory compiled a 38-6 record, setting a school record with an .863 season win percentage. Emory won the NCAA regional championship for a second consecutive year and the conference title for the third year in a row.
In 2002, the program's fourth season varsity competition, Emory finished third at the NCAA Division III national finals in their first-ever appearance. The Eagles advanced by winning the NCAA regional championship for the first time. The team set a school record for victories (43) in a season and finished with its highest ever national ranking (third) from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. The Eagles won the conference title for the second consecutive year.
In 2001, its third year of existence, the Eagles won 37 games, nearly doubling their previous best total. Coach Siqueiros led the team to its first-ever conference championship and first-ever berth in the NCAA national tournament.
The team needed only two years to enjoy its first winning season with a 21-13 record in 2000 along with a second-place finish at the University Athletic Association championship.
Siqueiros was an assistant coach for three years at Florida State which was ranked as high as 10th in the nation among NCAA Division I schools. She served primarily as the outfield and hitting coach helping the Seminoles finish 13th in the nation for team batting average in 1995 and 15th nationally in 1993.
As a player, Siqueiros was named the female Scholar-Athlete of the Year in the Atlantic Coast Conference her senior year. The shortstop was twice voted to the all-region team by the coaches' association. She helped Florida State to the College World Series three times, finishing third, fifth and seventh, respectively. As a junior, Siqueiros was honored as the team's Most Valuable Player and Most Inspirational Athlete.
Siqueiros earned her undergraduate (1992) and master's (1995) degrees from Florida State. Prior to joining Emory, she spent three years as a Facilitator & Coordinating Instructor at The Disney Institute in Orlando, Fla.
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The 2012-13 season is the first year that Carey Smith-Marchi has
been on the Eagles' coaching staff.
Smith-Marchi is no stranger to Emory softball fans, having lettered four years (2006-09) as a player where she concluded her career by playing in 138 games, 136 in a starting capacity. She finished ninth on the school's all-time list with 85 RBIs and eighth with 25 doubles. Her eight home runs tied for seventh place all-time at Emory, and finished with a career batting mark of .349 (119-of-347). As a junior, she hit .396 en route to earning First Team All-University Athletic Association honors and was the team's lone representative on the NFCA All-Atlantic First Team.
Smith-Marchi also works in the University's Development Office as a Program Coordinator in the Candler School of Theology.
The 2012-13 season marks Shanon Andersen's second stint as a
member of the Emory softball coaching staff. Shanon
previously was on the staff during the 2009-10 school
Andersen enjoyed a fine two-year career at Emory, closing out her career ranked prominently in numerous Emory categories. She compiled a won-lost record 38-15, with her victory total fourth on the school's all-time chart. The school's all-time leader with 445 strikeouts, she fanned 10 or more batters a total of 20 times. Her ERA of 1.07 ranked second only to Christine O'Brien's (2002-05) 0.97 on Emory's career ladder and she holds down the No. 1 spot on the school's all-time list for most strikeouts per game (7 inn.) with an 8.96 per-game effort. Andersen claimed the top two school seasonal marks in strikeouts (230 in 2008 & 215 in 2009).
During the 2008 season she finished 22nd among all D-III hurlers with a 9.0 strikeouts per game effort. A durable performer, she tossed 178 innings, the second-highest school seasonal mark, and fashioned an ERA of 1.10 that paced all UAA pitchers and ranked 17th nationally.
As a senior in 2009, she fashioned a won-lost effort of 17-9 with her 34 appearances on the mound, tying for the top spot on Emory's seasonal ladder. She was chosen to the All-Atlantic Region Third Team and was a second team pick to the All-UAA Team. She averaged 8.87 strikeouts per game (7 inn.), second on Emory's seasonal list.
John Thomas joined the Emory softball program starting in the
2009-10 school year.
Thomas joined the Eagles having served as an assistant coach at West Springfield High School in Virginia from 2003-09, helping the program to Patriot District championships in 2003 and 2009.
In addition, he has coached with various teams of the nationally prominent Shamrocks of the American Softball Association from 2003 through 2008.