Mary Stephens is in her first year as a volunteer coach at Sam Houston State.
She spent the previous two years on the Texas Tech softball staff as a volunteer assistant coach last season and a graduate manager in 2017.
A native of Sachse, Texas, Stephens started 207 games in her career at Missouri State, where she graduated in 2017 with a degree in Park, Sport and Rec Administration in 2017. She earned her master’s in sport management at Texas Tech.
She received numerous accolades during her playing career, including an NFCA National Player of the Week award which was the first in Missouri State history. The first baseman was also tabbed All-Missouri Valley Conference second team her freshman season and MVC All-Tournament Team her sophomore year.
Stephens was a career .281 hitter with 170 hits, 27 doubles and 19 home runs. She drove in 103 runs with a career slugging percentage of .424 and drew 64 walks to finish with an on-base percentage of .353.