Midland College Chaparral Softball Coaches
Assistant Coach - Stephanie Plona
Stephanie Plona entered her first season as an assistant softball coach for the Lady Chaparrals in 2018.
Plona comes to Midland from NCAA Division I Eastern Michigan University where she was a graduate student assistant for the Green and White. The Taylor, Michigan, native brings several years of coaching experience at both the high school and college ranks, spending time as both an assistant and head coach over the course of her career.
During Plona’s two-year stint with the Eagles, under the tutelage of Head Coach Melissa Gentile, the Eagles saw four players earn All-Mid-American Conference accolades, as Michelle Kriegshauser was a two-time honoree and Aoife Duffy and Amanda Akles landed all-conference honors in 2016. Additionally, Kriegshauser became the second Eagle all-time to garner NFCA All-Region honors twice in their career, while also graduating as one of the top players in the program’s history.
Off the field, Eastern Michigan also received recognition for its work in the classroom. In 2016, EMU had a program record 12 players named Academic All-MAC, as well as 11 NFCA Scholar-Athlete awardees. Most recently, Eastern landed 10 players on the Academic All-MAC squad and nine on the NFCA Scholar-Athlete list.
Prior to her time at EMU, Plona served as head coach of multiple high school teams, namely Wayne Memorial High School and Plymouth High School. She also spent time at Divine Child High School and with the USSSA Pride 10U Stars.
Plona attended Divine Child High School where she was a four-year letterwinner on the softball team. In her senior campaign, Plona earned all-city, all-area, all-league, all-district, all-region, and academic all-state honors. She played on the Taylor Northwest Little League Senior Girls’ Softball District V Championship Team and was selected to play in the Little League All-Star Game. Plona was also a member of the Michigan Elite 18U and Livonia Storm 18U travel organizations.
Hailing from Taylor, Michigan, Plona graduated with a bachelor’s degree in advertising and public relations from Grand Valley State University, before earning her master’s in sport management at Eastern Michigan in 2017.