Vanessa Bataille enters her 16th year with the Hatters and her eighth as Associate Head Coach. She assists with all facets of the softball program, including serving as the team's primary pitching coach, conditioning coach, and recruiting coordinator.
The Hatters have averaged over 35 wins per year during Bataille's 15 seasons and have qualified for postseason play 14 times. She has helped guide the team to two conference championships and two NCAA Tournament berths, including most recently in 2014. She also coached Stetson's first-ever All-America pitcher Meredith Owen.
Bataille brought a wealth of coaching experience with her to Stetson. From 1996-99, she served as head softball coach at Charleston Southern University. Bataille oversaw all aspects of the Lady Buccaneer softball program during her three-year stint.
Her first full-time position came as an assistant at San Diego State from 1991-94. While with the Aztecs, Bataille coordinated all transportation and lodging for team travel and coordinated recruitment of prospective student-athletes, including correspondence, computer tracking, identification of prospects and conducting campus visits. She was also a member of the California-based ASA and Athletes In Action Open majors club in 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993 and 1994. She traveled to Venezuela with the AIA team in 1989 and worked with the Guatemalan National Team in 1994.
Bataille previously served as a graduate assistant for one season at her alma mater, Winthrop University. She was responsible for planning and implementation of practice, making game plans, supervising players, recruiting and academic monitoring. During her undergraduate playing days, she played for current Hatters head coach Frank Griffin. She batted .300 with 138 base hits and 56 RBI and graduated from Winthrop in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in physical education along with a teacher's certification for grades K-12.
Bataille is a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and has served on the organization’s ethics committee. She has held staff positions at many softball camps and has been invited to speak at numerous others. She has also conducted clinics and private lessons on hitting, catching, team practice dynamics, strategies and conditioning.
Formerly Vanessa Glasscock, she married former Stetson University Sports Information Director Jamie Bataille in July 2003. The couple resides in DeLand.