MC chooses Danny Fish to head softball program

July 3, 2002

Danny Fish, a graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan College and former fast-pitch softball coach for the Tennessee Wesleyan Lady Bulldogs, has been named head softball coach and assistant women's basketball coach at Maryville College.

Fish's employment with the College officially begins Aug. 1, but the new coach will initiate recruiting efforts this month. He replaces Bill Rude, who left the College this spring to pursue a coaching position with the University of Tennessee women's volleyball program.

Fish's duties at the College will include the general supervision, recruitment, training and administration of the women's softball program. He will assist Head Women's Basketball Coach Dee Bell in carrying out all assigned and auxiliary duties of the women's basketball program.

"Danny's enthusiasm, coupled with his knowledge of the game, makes him one of the best young coaches in the state," said Maryville College Athletic Director Randy Lambert. "His work habits as an aggressive recruiter made the selection committee's decision an easy one.

"He will build upon our softball program's - and our athletic department's - winning tradition."

Fish earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from Tennessee Wesleyan in 2001. As member of the TWC baseball team, he was twice named to the Tennessee-Virginia Athletic All-Conference Baseball Team and once named to the All-Region Team.

In addition to coaching fast-pitch softball, he has also taught some physical education courses at TWC. Since 2001, he has been employed as a hitting instructor at the Diamond Softball Academy in Harriman, Tenn.

Fish inherits a softball team that finished 26-7 in the 2001-2002 season and enjoyed an appearance in the NCAA tournament - a first in the history of the program.

"I am extremely excited about this opportunity," Fish said. "I look forward to building on the tradition that both of these fine programs have to offer."

Fish said he is looking forward to meeting members of the softball and basketball teams and preparing for the upcoming seasons.

"I am happy that Coach Lambert and his administration had the faith in me to give me such an outstanding opportunity," he added.


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2013 semester is 1,168.