EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State head softball coach Sharonda McDonald-Kelley announced the hiring of Bethaney Wells as an assistant coach on Friday afternoon. Joining McDonald-Kelley’s staff alongside assistant coaches Danielle Stenger and Destini England, Wells will develop the Spartans on the offensive side of the ball.
Wells arrives in East Lansing after seven seasons at UNCG where she was an assistant coach under Janelle Breneman, the program’s all-time winningest coach. Prior to her stint in Greensboro, N.C., Wells was an assistant coach for three seasons at William Peace.
“I am so excited and appreciative of the opportunity to join Coach Sho, her staff and this program,” said Wells. “I am incredibly grateful for my time at UNCG and am looking forward to building something special in East Lansing.”
At UNCG, Wells helped the Spartans to six SoCon regular season championships, three SoCon Tournament championships and three NCAA regional appearances, amassing an overall record of 233-124 in that span.
The Spartan offense reached historic heights under Wells’ guidance posting five of the program’s top 10 seasons in total team runs, six of the top 10 seasons in total team doubles, six of the top 10 seasons in total team home runs, six of the top 10 seasons in total team RBI and seven of the top 10 seasons in total team slugging percentage. Plate discipline was improved with six of the top 10 seasons in total team walks.
“Bethaney is one of the best offensive minds in our game and I am excited to add her to our program to lead the offense,” said McDonald-Kelley. “She is a proven winner and developer of dynamic, powerful hitters. We are excited to welcome her into the Michigan State family!”
A former standout student-athlete at NC State, Wells helped lead the Wolfpack to an ACC Tournament championship in 2013 and was named an NFCA All-America scholar athlete from 2011-13. Wells ranks third all-time for career home runs at NC State while also ranking in the Top 10 in career runs batted in and slugging percentage.
Wells graduated from NC State in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in nutrition science.