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AACC Gets New Softball Coach

The community college's newest softball coach has been playing since age 5.

Anne Arundel Community College has announced that the Pioneers women's softball team's new coach is Renee Ferguson.

The community college sent the following information in a release along with the announcement:

Ferguson began her softball career at age 5, playing in recreation 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 North County High School.

She was a three-year varsity starter for NCHS, and upon graduation, she attended Tusculum College in Greenville, TN 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.”

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