Danielle Delude enters her eighth season as the head coach of Vixen softball. In the past six seasons the Vixens have placed five players on the ODAC Sportsmanship team, one player on the ODAC Honorable mention team, and in 2010 six players were named to the ODAC All-Academic team.
The 2016-17 school year will be Delude's first year as the departments senior woman adminastrator, to go along with her roles as the strength and conditioning coach and SAAC advisor.
Delude came to Sweet Briar after coaching at Stonehill College for six years. Prior to that post, Delude served as assistant coach for four years. While at Stonehill, Delude guided her teams to the highest win totals for the softball program. Through her guidance her teams have excelled both on the field and in the classroom. She coached a number of all conference teams and all conference academic teams.
Stonehill went 23-20 in 2008, including an impressive non-conference sweep of College World Series participant and nationally-ranked C.W. Post. The Skyhawks finished the season 15-14 in the NE-10, earning a spot in the conference tournament.
Delude was a four-year varsity athlete for Stonehill, and she batted .260 during her senior season of 1998 and led the team in RBI. She is a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).
At Sweet Briar, Delude also serves as Assistant Sports Information Director. In addition, Delude has served as a recruiting facilitator. She helps organize athletic open houses and coordinates the department recruiting system. In October of 2013 Delude earned her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification (CSCS).
Delude has continued to add duties with the Sweet Briar athletic department, and currently serves as Strength & Conditioning Coach and as the S.A.A.C. Advisor.
Delude co-wrote and adapted the NCAA Step-Up program for use at Sweet Briar. She worked with faculty members and staff members from across campus to implement a program that would help teach students to become active bystanders on campus and in their communities.