PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s head softball coach, Leslie King, has announced the addition of two new assistant coaches to her staff in Danielle Gonzales and Devon Metcalf.
"We are very excited to have Dani on board,” said King, who is entering her 10th season as head coach. “We are looking forward to using her experience as a successful Division I pitcher, hitter and coach to help our athletes continue to develop. We have a very experienced team and, with the addition of Dani to our staff, I feel like we are in a great place to challenge for an Ivy League Championship."
Gonzales makes her way to Penn via fellow Big 5 school Saint Joseph’s, where she spent her last seven years, first as a standout student-athlete, then as a coach. Most recently, from 2010-12, Gonzales served as an assistant coach with the Hawks. She helped coach the Hawks to two consecutive Atlantic 10 Tournament berths, an A-10 title game appearance, and its first 30-win season since 2002.
Prior to coaching, Gonzales was a member of the Saint Joseph’s softball program from 2005-09 where she was a mainstay in the circle. In addition to being captain of the team her senior season, she was a two-time A-10 All-Conference performer (2008, 2009), she was named as the team’s Most Valuable Player in 2007, named to the A-10 All-Tournament Team in 2009 and was a three-time A-10 Athlete of the Week honoree.
"I am looking forward to being a part of such a prestigious school that has astounding academic and athletic standards," Gonzales said. "I can't wait to work hard and making a difference with the team and see how far we can go."
Gonzales graduated from Saint Joseph’s in 2009 with a degree in sports and entertainment marketing, then again in 2012 with a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in management and marketing. Gonzales hails from Collingdale, Pa.
Keeping with the Philadelphia theme, Metcalf comes to the Quakers’ coaching staff by way of the City 6 and Drexel.
"We are also excited to welcome Devon Metcalf to our staff,” King said. “She had a great career at Drexel and brings a lot of insight into what makes a Division I athlete tick. Devon will be working primarily with the outfielders and hitters."
Metcalf was a member of the Dragons’ softball program from 2008-12, where she played mainly third base and shortstop. There she made her name with speed, ranking in the top three on her team in stolen bases all four years, and leading the team her senior year. She was also named Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week in March of 2009.
Aside from playing, she also served as a coach on many different occasions. Most recently, she took part in the University of Pennsylvania Softball Camp where she assisted King with infield mechanics and bunting. She also assisted with the Philadelphia Softball SuperClinic and the Drexel University Skills Clinics. In addition, she was an assistant coach for the Vienna Shamrocks 14 and under softball team, a local team near her hometown of Manassas, Va.
"I'm very excited to have the opportunity to work with the Penn softball program,” Metcalf said. “Not only is Penn a superb academic school, but also boasts a great athletic program. The team made it to the Ivy League Championship Series last year, and I am looking forward taking the next step this upcoming season."
Metcalf graduated from Drexel in 2012 with a degree in elementary education. She was a member of the Dean’s List and was also honored as an NFCA Scholar-Athlete. She is originally from Manassas, Va.
The two assistant coaches join a program that is coming off the best season in its history. Last year the Quakers posted a 33-17 record, were the first team in school history to win 30-plus games, and return all eight of their All-Ivy League performers for the 2013 season.