CofC Softball Assistant Coach to Receive Honor from Akron Racers
AKRON, Ohio – College of Charleston Assistant softball coach, Sam Marder, has been tabbed as the Akron Racers 22nd Impact Honoree for her impressive career with the National Fast Pitch pro-league team.
Marder came to the Racers from The Ohio State University with Akron’s top pick in the 2010 draft, after an illustrious career at OSU, where she was named an All-American three times. The Racers selected her with a second round selection at seventh overall.
“Playing for the Racers was an awesome experience, and I feel honored to have been drafted and be part of the league.” Marder said. “I got to go up against the very best in the country, and I feel like it has given me the insight to be a better coach now.”
Marder made her debut, after sitting out the 2010 season with a nagging shoulder injury, to return to the diamond in 2011. Marder was named the NPF Offensive Player of the Year, the fourth time a Racer won that honor. In 2012, Marder led Akron with a .343 average on 36 hits, including eight home runs and drove in a team-high 27 RBI. She also led the Racers with a .600 slugging percentage and a .493 on-base percentage. That season Marder was chosen to her second straight All-NPF Team.
Marder ranks fifth on the all-time Racers leaderboard with 21 home runs. She is third with a .569 slugging percentage and fourth with a .443 on base percentage. Marder also finished her career fifth in walks with 60. Marder had a career .324 batting average with 91 hits, plated 70 base runners, scored 31 runs and had six doubles. Marder also split her time early in her career between designated player and catcher. As a catcher, Marder held a career .980 fielding percentage.
“I watched Sam for four years develop into one of the best offensive threats in the Big Ten every year,” remembered GM Joey Arrietta. “I think I was more excited than Sam was when she won the league’s offensive award. It was a personal highlight to see a player who had attended Ohio State win this award.”
Marder and the other IMPACT honorees will take part in a celebration of the Racers 15th Season of Play this summer July 15-17. Many former players, coaches and umpires will be in town for the celebration, in addition to the IMPACT honorees, who will all take part in a special celebration on July 16 before Akron hosts the Dallas Charge at Firestone Stadium