Coaches • Softball
McGhee - Head Coach
Suzanne became the "Lady Blue Devils" Head Coach
two years ago. A former Blue Devil herself, Suzanne brings with her
three years of coaching experience and a vast wealth of playing experience. She had spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons as an Assistant Coach here at Merced College. She played softball at Merced College in 2003 and 2004, and is a 2004 graduate of Merced College. She continued her studies at CSU Stanislaus where she was a scholarship athlete playing softball in 2005 and 2006. She graduated in 2007 with a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education. She
completed her Masters Degree in Kinesiology at Fresno Pacific University. In May of 2008 she played against the 2008 US Olympic Softball Team in Visalia, CA. She lives
in Atwater with her husband David, and their son Gavin.
Degen - Assistant Coach
Dana joins the Blue Devil coaching staff with
over seventeen- years of playing and coaching experience. Since
graduating from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a B.A. in US
History, she has been very busy playing, coaching, or running
softball camps all over the world. After graduating she played
professional softball at an elite competition level in 2000 and 2004
in Akron, Ohio, and then from 2001 to 2003, and 2005 to 2010 she
played professionally in Bollate, Italy. While playing in Ohio she
was a community service camp instructor for underprivileged youth.
In Italy she organized and conducted all-skills softball camps, and
served as an instructor for the junior club team.
instruction experience has spanned around the globe as she was an
assistant coach at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu in 2005
working with pitchers, catchers, the offense, scouted opponents, and
helped develop game plans for battery. From there she went to
Bohemia, New York (2006-2010), and then Hilliard, OH (2010-2011),
and was a private hitting and catching instructor. Then in 2012 she
was a volunteer assistant coach at The Ohio State University with
responsibilities that included working with the pitchers and
catchers. She also worked at the Ohio State softball camps
instructing catchers and hitting. Her last coaching experience
before coming here to Merced College was with the Australian
National Team as a specialist coach working with the battery coach.
She managed the bullpen, mentored Australian catchers, helped in
game preparation, and scouted the opposition.
While Dana was busy with this, she was able to further
her education , and work as an elementary support teacher in Lemon
Grove, California (2001-2004) working with at –risk students. She
went to Suffolk Community College doing prerequisite work for
acceptance into the Masters of Sport Management program. She did
three semesters of digital photography (2009-2010).