#OregonSoftball: Melyssa Lombardi Adds Sam Marder to Coaching Staff

EUGENE – Oregon head coach Melyssa Lombardi announced the addition of Sam Marder as an assistant coach on Monday.

Marder arrives in Eugene after successful stints as a hitting coach with multiple programs following a standout career as a player.

“I’m excited to announce Sam Marder as our new assistant coach,” said Lombardi. “I have known and coached against Sam for many years. She has played and coached at a championship level her entire career and understands what it takes to have success at the highest level. I can’t wait to have Sam get started with us and know she’ll be an invaluable addition to our program.”

Marder will work primarily with the Oregon hitters, and brings a decade of collegiate coaching experience to Eugene following stops at Oklahoma, Texas Tech, College of Charleston and Boise State. She also played two seasons in the National Pro Fastpitch league and was a three-time All-American at Ohio State from 2007-10.

“After speaking with Coach Lombardi and having watched the Oregon’s success over the past three years, you can clearly see what a special and successful direction the program is headed,” said Marder. “Coach Lombardi is a proven winner at the highest level, a tradition she continues at Oregon. I cannot wait to get started working with this staff and extremely talented roster of student-athletes.”

Marder most recently was on staff at Oklahoma, where she was a part of the Sooners’ 2021 national title team as a volunteer analyst. She helped their offense to a record year in which they led the country in batting average, home runs, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and walks while scoring 10.63 runs per game.

“Sam is more than ready and deserving for this opportunity,” said Oklahoma head coach Patty Gasso. “Her experience and knowledge of the game puts her as one of the best in the country. I’m excited to see Sam get started in Eugene. She will make an immediate impact and we couldn’t be more proud.”

Prior to her year at Oklahoma, Marder coached for four seasons at Texas Tech from 2017-20, spending the first two years as an assistant coach before being promoted to associate head coach in 2019. While with the Red Raiders, Marder was in charge of working with the hitters and catchers.

Under Marder’s guidance, the Red Raiders saw a big improvement in their offensive numbers, going from hitting .243 as a team in her first in year in 2017 to batting .294 in 2018, before finishing second in the Big 12 with a .319 team average in 2019. She helped lead Texas Tech to a regional appearance in 2019, leading a balanced offense that saw six starters hit over .300 while four drove in at least 40 runs and five players hit at least eight homers.

While in Lubbock, Marder helped guide Jessica Hartwell to NFCA All-America honors in 2018 after she hit .400 while finishing second in the Big 12 with 20 home runs and third in the league with 61 RBIs. She also worked with catcher Kelcy Leach, a Big-12 All-Freshman performer in 2018 and second-team all-conference honoree in 2019.

Marder spent the 2014-16 seasons as an assistant coach at the College of Charleston, where she was in charge of working with the program’s hitters in addition to assisting with the defense. The Cougars turned in two of the top 10 hitting seasons in program history during her three seasons on staff, hitting .288 (4th) in 2014 and .286 (6th) in 2016. Marder also helped them set the school record for fielding percentage in a season with a mark of .974 in 2016.

She got her start in coaching as an assistant at Boise State, spending two seasons with the Broncos in 2012 and 2013. Marder worked primarily with the defense in 2012, leading the Broncos to a school record for fielding percentage that year before assuming the role as hitting coach in 2013, guiding an offense that saw three players hit over .340 for the season.

Marder enjoyed a decorated career as a player at both the professional and collegiate levels. She was a three-time All-American at Ohio State before being named the NPF Offensive Player of the Year in her second pro season.
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She still holds the Buckeye career records for home runs (61), RBIs (191) and walks (232) and was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016. Her career walks total also ranks sixth all-time in NCAA history. Marder is also ranked in the top 10 in three other career categories at Ohio State and was a four-time All-Big Ten and All-Region selection from 2007-10.

Marder earned first-team All-NPF honors following each of her two seasons as a professional with the Akron Racers. She hit .403 with seven homers and 17 RBIs in her first year in 2011 before earning league player of the year honors after batting .343 with eight home runs and 27 RBIs in her second year in 2012.

The Calabasas, Calif., native was a standout at Calabasas High School, where she was a three-time all-league selection. Her brother, Jack Marder, is currently an assistant coach with the Oregon baseball program.


Years               School                                        Position

2021                 Oklahoma                                 Volunteer Analyst

2019-20          Texas Tech                                Associate Head Coach

2017-18          Texas Tech                                Assistant Coach

2014-16          College of Charleston           Assistant Coach

2012-13          Boise State                               Assistant Coach